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We arrived late afternoon in Datong to stay in a local wee hotel, located just beside the train station called 7days inn, they are brilliant, recommend them to anyone coming to China. It also had the added bonus on a noodle cutting robot in the restaurant next door! I kid you not, the restaurant has two robots, (we only saw one in action) and they chop noodles from a large block of dough straight into a boiling pool of water, the chef takes them out a few minutes ...
... the Buddhist world via the Silk Road so every once in awhile a many-armed Hindu god pops into the mix.
After carving, everything was painted in red, white, green and black. Later Qing restorations added blue. Between age, weather and coal pollution the soft sandstone of many of the statues has eroded badly but others are remarkably intact, even to the paint. Three hundred years ago pavilions were built to protect the mouths of the main grottoes; most burned ...
... and Security was very tight with black uniformed SWAT troops on guard with automatic rifles, as well as police. To enter, all baggage was x-rayed,and one had to walk through a metal detector. The station is quite a small one - not one of Beijing's main ones apparently - and only two trains were on the board. We were allowed to get on about 25 minutes before departure and - after I got over my shock at the triple-decker bunks - we were quite impressed. The sleeper may be ...
... br> 2) We were about 50m away from the ground, and a fall would be fatal
3) The monastary was held up by these wooden supports that had a diameter of about 9in
4) It was raining, and it was really windy
5) The stairs were very steep, about a 70 degrees grade
The Hanging Monastary was made by an emperor for the gods. The emperor wanted the monastary to be up in the air, because gods and heaven are in the sky. He ...
... old dating back several hundreds of years. With one monk starting the initial construction and very various renovations the temple is now accessible in its present state.
Viewing the temple up close provided an unique perspective of life of the monks who lived and worshiped there. The rooms are quite small, the wooden planks and beams seemed dated and the experience seemed unworldly as you floated above the valley floor. The guard fences that prevented people from ...