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What are you going to see in this next set of pictures? - a lot of Buddhas and a typical Chinese city, i.e. a race of construction of the new vs (identical?) reconstruction of the old.
Our fist day was at the Yungang Caves, which are the biggest attraction in the area and only a (long, squashed and friendly) bus ride away. The caves are extremely beautiful, hundreds of years old (up to 1600 years) and the best preserved carved (by excavation) Buddhist ...
... than any talent. I reluctantly confess, and you may be let down to hear so, that not once has anyone, in the course of asking for a picture together, exclaimed "Oh wow! Singels flom Nerry Storen! I rove your music!".
And these are the polite people who introduce themselves and request permission. On any city street, stop, look around you, and you may well espy one or more shots of you being lined up, both subtly and overtly. It boggles the mind as to what, if anything, ...
... Take 3 was a little more successful than take 1 or 2. While on the bus we managed to get a glimpse of the route and spotted our stop. We spent the next 20 minutes counting how many stops we’d been and with a bit of luck we hopped off at the right place. From here we then had to catch a different bus to take us further out of town but yet again with our amazing bus navigating skills we had no idea where to go. After a bit of moaning we spotted our bus and ...
The night was a sleepless one. We had seats but the throngs standing seemed to talk all night. Loudly.
Arriving early, we go look for a hotel to freshen up. On the way we meet a tour guide offering transport to the two sites we were heading to. After checking the bus costs we decided it was a good option and would join the tour.
The bus left at nine and it afforded us a chance to catch up with some sleep.
We awoke at the Hanging monastery. ...
... Buddha carved into the wall while these caves were a group of big Buddhas. We walked around the caves for about 2 hours and then jumped on the buses to head back to the hotel.
When we got back it was freezing, although we didn’t check the temperature while we were in Datong, reports from Beijing have said that it was a cold as -10! We relaxed in the room for a while before heading out to a local restaurant to have some delicious food, with the ...