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... old the network was and you could clearly make out small storage rooms, bedrooms and peepholes to lower levels which went up to 26 meters beneath the surface. Ironically this defence network was never employed for its intended use against possible attack from Tang-dynasty invaders, and subsequently fell into disrepair. After popping out inside a totally different temple we started to explore the quiet and enchanting village of Zhāngbì Cūn, which was still occupied with ...
... complete with two old courtyards and lacquer furniture. We were pleased to be able to get straight into a room where we rested and recharged on the traditional stone kang bed, a super large bed taking up 3/4 of the room with a mattress on top and a low table in the middle! We headed out around 10am in search of food and after strolling the narrow streets, some packed with tour groups already, we found a good option at Sakura cafe where we had pasta, muesli, yoghurt, toast and a huge ...
... food was. I said chocolate and another pair of the kids acting as scouts ran back to tell the others. Soon, the entire class was before me. One girl who was older than the rest—in middle school, she later told me—tentatively asked if I spoke Chinese. I said no, then asking if she spoke English. She said, “A little,” and, suddenly, the other children were using her as an ambassador and translator. The lead girl—I really wish I could ...
... and red lanterns adorn the streets and shop entrances.
Darren and I decided to splurge a bit on accommodation here after seeing photos on a booking site back home. I'm so glad we did. (See pictures for why). It's been great to just chill out here in a really nice room, popping out from time to time to visit a historic building or feast on many local dishes.
I keep forgetting to take pictures of my meals, so I'm sorry that I can only describe them. The Pingyao beef is ...
... grew less. But in the meantime I had a weird allergic reaction and came out in huge itchy weals under my armpits. It was very uncomfortable and almost put me off my big noodles. We got some antihistamines from the chemist and it disappeared as quickly as it had come, although whether that was due to the effectiveness of the antihistamines or just the poison working its way out, I don't know. It did seem a very unfair and unprovoked attack though.
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