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... to type is "te" for it to suggest "temple"! Apparently it thinks we have been to a lot of temples and we are beginning to agree. These were quite different, however. They were simpler in style (although sprawling in size) and both had numerous halls of large statues of exemplary people to be venerated. Officials in the city temple and scholars and sages in the Confucian temple. Sort of like saints but skipping the part about miracles and canonization.
Pingyao is known as one of the best preserved and oldests places in China, I feel it lived up to that pretty well. We stayed in a lovely - properly Chinese - hostel which involved a maze like trip through the courtyards to find our dorm room, and it was pretty cheap with pretty good food too. Pingyao itself was beautiful, despite the constant torrential downpours and despite the masses of little touristy shops on every street, ...
... We arrived in Pingyao early the next morning and a taxi driver was there to meet us and take us to our guest house. The first impression of this place was amazing with all the old wooden buildings and narrow lane ways. Our room was beautiful and included a traditional shanxi bed that was just massive. The first impression did pass though and it turned out to be more like Disneyland or a Warner Bros movie set. Our room despite first impression turned out to be quite dirty and there ...
... The one with the strongest London accent ended up being from......yes you guessed it WEST AUCKLAND!! The other bloke who is actually a Southerner is travelling his way to......yes you guessed it AUCKLAND to work in NZ and the Mancunian is well just travelling and causing environmental mayhem (like me with earthquakes) wherever he goes ;-) I hope the Philippines is still there by the time they arrive!
Had a really good laugh ...
... br> Then, it was off to our guesthouse which was inside the wall so we knew it would be simple. The ambiance of the courtyard was great and the rooms were fine until you saw the bathroom and tried to have a shower, but the rock hard beds must have been okay as I slept quite well.
Up the next morning for breakfast- another feast of nothing much. Thank goodness there was a boiled egg as I think that is what we all had. Nothing to drink ...