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... 23 September After starting to drizzle gently on our way back from the restaurant after dinner, rain had set in overnight and poured down all day. Amusingly, the Rough Guide states With only two days in Datong and wanting to see two local sights we decided to explore the old city as best we could in the wet today, and, hoping for finer weather, booked a taxi for the day on Wednesday to take us to a famous 'hanging monastery' on Heng Mountain about 80 km south of the city and ...
... to drive all the way back to
Datong. This day was kind of tiring, so everybody in the minivan, including me
enjoyed a nice nap !
Around 6pm we arrived back in town, where the driver dropped us at the train
station. I said goodbye to the 2 Belgian girls and prolongued my way to the
hotel. I dropped of my bag and went out to find something to calm down my
Back in the hotel I met 2 Slovakian girls, living in London. They were heading
... our train ticket, we were at the mercy of the people around us and their help. All they did was usher us further along the platform. We quickly realised that we didn't have allocated seating, so it was a free for all when it came to what was left on the train. The officials tried their best to keep people in a queue, but I honestly don't think queuing is the done thing in China, so it was a bit of a challenge for everyone, except for the 4 tourists who ...
... statues of buddhas. The caves/grottoes are man-made and none of them are natrual, so the workers had to carve out all 45 caves. There used to be about 100,000 buddhas, but weathering and erosion have caused the buddhas' numbers to decrease by 50%. The fact that the cliffs are made of sandstone doesn't help the buddhas' chance of survial for the long turn.
The tallest buddhas are about 17m high, or about 66ft, and the smallest could ...
... meters down the road to the Nine Dragon Screen.
The wall consisted of nine colorful dragons on a huge wall. There were no other visitors in the compound so it was a nice pit stop for us to snap up some photos and to mock its 5 RMB student discount entrance fee. Some outsiders were trying to peek around the carefully placed signage to get a free view of the wall. Apparently there is also a similar Nine Dragon wall in Beijing's Beihai Park ...