Hong'an International Hotel
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... was a close contest for worst hair between said chap and moi.
Soft sandstone facilitated the stone carvings. There were three temples passed through en route to the actual grottoes. One general positive impression is the hoards of locals visiting this site and others, appreciating their history.
Some grottoes have decent paint cover. Photography was allowed in all but a handful of grottoes. In one cave, Mr Pompadour ...
... line somewhere so we headed back to the hotel since we had another busy day of touring ahead.
The next morning we checked out of our hotel and met Mary back in the lobby to hit the road again. We were headed for the ancient town of Pingyao where we would spend the next couple of nights, but along the way we had a couple of very interesting stops to make. Our first stop was at the Hanging Temple and the name really says it all for this amazing place. Built ...
... we hopped in the number 2 bus in the direction of the Yungan Grotto’s only it wasn’t in the right direction. We stayed on the bus until it looped us back around to the train station. With most of our day wasted on the bus ride from hell even if we did manage to find the right bus it would be too late to visit now. Hopefully we can find it tomorrow but for now it’s off to bed for me in a comfortable bed with springs and 2 pillows. Yay, got to love hotels! ...
... a magic Taoist temple seventy km. southeast of Datong.
It is the Xuankong Si, commonly called the Hanging temple, because it looks like it is hanging on the cliff face.
In this temple the three main religions of China, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism are represented and Buddha, Lao Tze and Kong Zi seem to be quite happy together.
However,the monstruosity of the Cultural Revolution ...
... and I was able to view 35 of them.
Caves 1-4 were blocked off, but Caves 5-6 (built AD 470-483 and enclosed in green-roofed pagodas) were open and full of people -- indeed, too full of people. Cave 5 holds a ...