Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong
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After our usual jelly and Europe cake breakfast we checked out and walked to find the bus stop for Bus 3. We were pleased to find the depot, which wasn't in any of our guides or online and even better spotted the No. 3 pulling out and so made a run for it and got on! It was a quick (25 minute) and cheap (Y1) ride to the Yúngāng Caves. First off we made our way through a huge modern building resembling a 5 star hotel ...
We saw a village where many houses looked like ston huts or caves. The guide explained that people choose to keep living that way because they believe these houses give them long life. The houses are a constant temperature in summer or winter.
Everything is a pale brownish green. Only a few fruit trees - peach we're told - are in bloom yet. But the sky is blue, the air much much cleaner here, and it's a beautiful ...
... seems as easy as playing with Lego blocks. Money is injected generously. Money is not an issue. Workforce neither. The only dilemma Chinese authorities seem to face is between keeping the old&dusty with marginal renovation or replacing it with modern&less authentic replicas. Option B was favoured in Datong ...
... at our hotel door! So lovely!
Train Datong to Xi-an.
A hard sleeper (but they are actually soft, with bed sheets, pillow and donna). We are on the middle bunk. There is an old guy on the bottom bunk and he doesn’t like me and I don’t like him. He had no hair on his head but two bushy, long, ugly eyebrows and a grumpy looking face and annoying grumpy, whiney voice. He was part of a tour (avoid tour groups wearing red ...
... our hotel, Tong Mei, means "Datong Coal." (Mrs Coolmax works as an accountant for one of the mining companies.) Even though Datong has an illustrious history—it was the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty for almost one hundred years in the 5th century AD, it felt to me very much like a city built on coal.
The Yungang Grottoes are about 18 km (~11 miles) away from where we were but the ride seemed longer than that. It took at least a half ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoward Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong
The panorama restaurant is well worth the views of the old city walls. Good food too!
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