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... object poverty in the US, but is simply normal here. People and their clothing are clean but otherwise cleanliness to our standards seems to be rare. Very few Chinese hotels are allowed to take foreigners and I can see why. I suspect the government has to do some serious training on standards acceptable to westerners. Of course, everyone is crowded in with no storage for possessions so everything is just piled. And in a land of poverty and scarcity even old, broken, rusty ...
... irritating people to go away and boil their heads. Luckily, she is in charge. Our taxi driver has such a large propane cylinder in his car boot that our cases won't fit in with the lid shut, so he nonchalantly leaves the boot open despite our protests. This alarms, and we haul out a smaller case and insist on taking it into the car with us. When I put my seatbelt on, he rolls his eyes. On our way to the hotel we notice that the open boot is quite in style in Datong and the ...
... the influence of
ancient India, statues of Gods with 3 heads and 10 arms for ex.
Around midday we left the caves in search for a nice lunch. I thought we’d have
it in one of the restaurants on the spot, but nooo...we had to get back into
the minivan and drove for another hour till we reached a local restaurant. The
table was set for the group on the second floor and we got served some local
tea while waiting for the food to arrive. Some 10min later ...
... showered, scruffy looking travelers were going to grace a posh hotel!!
Fortunately a person in our group of 4 could speak some Chinese, so we were able to find out that there was a bus to a town called Jining and from there we could catch a train to Datong. It all sounds good in theory! The bus was easy enough to catch and for a 6 hour trip it was relatively pleasant, the interesting bit was when we got to Jining. There was a lovely lady on ...
... but impressive none the less, this one was only a couple of hundred years old but there has been a Monestry there since 400ad. Only very small, with steep steps and narrow walk ways and at about 100m up, very little to stop you from going over the edge. It used to be much higher don the ground but as the river has brought silt and rocks etc it's gotten closer to the ground. The cross beams go into the cliff face 3m, how did they do that ...