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... archery and hit the bullseye with my first arrow - the attendant applauded, others said she was only warming her hands. They were used by merchants to protect their money and merchandise transported around the regions.
Finally the Shuanglin Temple - many buddhas, many many carved figures as protectors or benefactors. Then the bullet train at 200 kms per hour from Taiyuan to Zhengzhou to meet Charlie (Chinese western name - real name Lee), our next ...
... house which turned out to quite good because it was the most furnished we have seen. It also was not that big - three courtyards - which made it easier to wrap one's head around. Overall, however, the houses are cramped and light deprived, with dark ponderous furnishings. Presumably they were smoky as well and must have been cold in winter. I suppose the textiles, no longer there, would have added color to brighten it all up. And these are how the wealthy ...
... the Qing dynasty by something like the 12th through 17th generations. At the height of their power over 100 family members were high ranking officials at the imperial court. When the first Opium War nearly destroyed the Qing dynasty it also damaged the Wang fortunes. The extended family - compromising hundreds of nuclear families - did not rein in their collective expenses as the family fortunes declined. The final two heads of the family were opium addicts, sealing the fate of ...
... their little kids over near us to snap a surreptitious picture. Some young women asked outright. I had no idea we would be this much of a novelty.
I have been remiss in my FitBit tallies.
Day 4, Great Wall: 19,436 steps (8.36 miles)
Day 5: 18,944 steps (8.15 miles)
Day 6: 19,777 steps (8.5miles)
Day 7: Datong: 13,705 (5.9)
Today: 11,176 (4.8) That's what happens when you don't leave your room til noon!
Lights out by 9:30!
... was the usual array of tat stalls throughout the town and the usual ticketed sights to visit, accompanied by the compulsory vendors and taxi pests but less so than Beijing, one thing that's very evident in Pingyao is the total absence of any english whatsoever which I felt was quite good as you really had to try that bit harder to understand and communicate with people. I also wandered out of the old ...