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After a pretty hungover new years day in Beijing me and 4 of Tianjin buds got a sleeper train to freezing cold Datong to go and check out some huge Buddha cave carvings and eat some tasty tasty food. It was about -15 when we got there so we were dead glad to only spend a day in the city, plus Datong city is a bit of a **** hole.
The Yungang Grottoes (buddha caves) were pretty impressive and are said to date back to the ...
... hotel.) Much laughter and shouting punctuated by standing toasts when one must shout 'gempai' and drain one's glass. People literally carried out towards the end! We have learned that tea is quite expensive to buy and surprisingly expensive in restaurants EG beer above = Y9, tea = Y16. As far as we can work out, Green tea = unfermented Oolong tea= partially fermented Black tea = fermented Puer tea = long fermentation, aged at least a couple of years, really good (expensive!) ...
... br> of them, they have a bad breath and girls don’t shave their
Anyways... a few hours later, 6 1/2h to be exact I arrived
at Datong railway station. I read in the guide that touts would be waiting at
the exit and so it was. I also read that amongst them people from the CITS (Official
Chinese tourism Bureau) would try to "help" you and so it was...
A guy came up to me and showed his card. As ...
... Yungang Grottoes as the weather for the day as quite nice
The Yungang Grottoes were located on the opposite end of the city, which required us to ride in the van for the next hour or so. I took full advantage by napping whenever possible throughout the bumpy ride. We arrived at the Yungang Grottoes around 4PM which allowed us about an hour and a half to tour and visit the grottoes. The site seemed to slated for further development for future tourists. They had an ...
... I was amazed by the scale of construction work in Datong (saw a block of maybe 1000 apartments, all the same design) and outside (new tracks being laid for high speed rail). After getting off the expressway, we were on a secondary highway leading up a productive farming valley to the monestary.
Amazing seems to be my word-of-the-day for the last several days, but again the Hanging Monestary ...