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So today it was up at 4am to leave Beijing and travel to the airport for our 7am flight to Datong (about an hour west of Beijing and 50km from the border of inner Mongolia). An uneventful and quiet bus ride and we were safely deposited at Terminal 3 of Beijing International Airport. We managed to navigate to the gate and the flight. I think most of us snoozed along the way to be woken by the captain announcing it was -4 degrees in Datong – ...
... unsighted. A massive quarrel ensued, but so snail-like was our progress that it failed to further defer our exit. Technically yes, we ran into him, but so asinine was his driving that he earned it. By the pure pigheadedness of our two drivers, combined with the intimidating crescendo of horns from those behind, we got out of it. When he shoved our female driver, the fat lady had warbled. After two and a half hours, we broke free.
A long, tired and hungry journey ...
After checking out the free Chinese breakfast we decided to give it a miss and took a taxi to the bus station. By 9:10am we were munching some of our classic Europe cake on the bus to the Hanging Monastery. Around 2.5 hours later we were offloaded from the bus and rather oddly ushered into a free taxi, which took us and another Chinese couple the final few kilometres to the Hanging Monastery. The monastery itself was an impressive site, build precariously into the side of a ...
... would have to do.
Since it had been raining for quite a while, the streets in front of our hotel began to flood as the sewer system was unable to take in the excess water. The result was a huge lake of rain water about 3 inches deep. Crossing the street would be a wet affair, luckily I had packed an extra sock for no reason at all. We decided to have lunch across the street from the hotel. However after trying to cross the river of water on ...
... legged Buddhas under pretty orange bodhi trees, as if engaged in conversation.
Cave 6 contains a massive square pillar in the middle -- reaching to the ceiling -- shaped like a 2-story pagoda. At the top of ...