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We seem to be hopping from one UNESCO World Heritage Site to the next which can't be a bad thing. The latest one is the ancient city of Pingyao.
We caught the bullet train from Xi-an and travelled at over 260 Kph on some stretches. The new train stations, usually about 15 Km away from the city centre are state-of-the-art and we only paid £20 for a 351 mile journey, and remarkably, it only took two and a ...
... had particularly fine bas-reliefs either carved in stone or on tiles put together rather like large jigsaw puzzles mounted on walls. The Imperial examination hall was used for holding open examinations for candidates for government service. Lunch -Shanxi Sliced Noodle restaurant - opposite Friday's restaurant, near the temple, on West Street. Check out our sliced noodle man in action. Stir-fried 'Beef with a rotten son' (real name!) Stir fried zucchini Fried Shanxi ...
... which has 71 sisters on the wall of Pingyao city. We also noticed that there was a defensive tower every 40 to 60 meters. Furthermore there are 3,000 disciples on the wall. We were informed that in times of peace the defensive towers could be used for relaxation, and in times of war as a storage of weapons.
The ancient city walls constitute one of the reasons why Pingyao Ancient City was designated as the second most famous historic and cultural city of China in 1986. ...
... stroll back through city stopping for a tasty coffee and biscuit at Coffee By Shrew. For dinner we couldn't resist going back to the same Xide Hotel restaurant again, where we started with a beer and boiled dumplings before tucking into a great main course of chicken with peanuts, eggplant and coriander. Walked back to the guesthouse admiring the cloudy full moon sky, as today was the famous Chinese mid-autumn (full moon) festival. Stayed at Harmony Guesthouse, Pingyao [T&J Rating: ...
... of elementary school students, who were crowded around Prof. Vinograd. He was apparently telling them about the temple, and they were utterly amazed to see a foreigner. Some members of our group mentioned that they were sure this was the first time any of the students had seen someone so different.
When I entered the courtyard and made my way to the middle temple area, the kids saw me and bolted. They ran away to the far end of the area. You know, because I ...