Travel Blogs from Linfen
Up early and off to the airport for our flight to Datong which is where you find the Hanging Monastery and the Yungang Caves. It was prior to boarding this flight that the carry on dude figured my peanut butter was too dangerous to take on board and offered to let me go back and put it into checked baggage which consisted of a massive line up of Chinese people checking everything but the kitchen sink onto their various flights. I gave up and let him keep it despite my attachment. ...
... the Qing Dynasty, over 300 years ago. If you know the Forbidden City in Beijing, it is much like that.
At 3:30 I visited Mrs. Hou Quan Ying, the 66 year old master paper cutter. She has been recognized nationally for her intricate and beautiful cuttings. This art form was taught to her be her own mother, and now here teenaged grandchildren are learning. She took it upon here self to create ...
... 10 minutes before the hanging monastery's we were told to get off the bus and get a taxi the rest of the way. We expected this as it was stated in the lonely planet but still a bit weird and we thought we might get touted, but the trip turned out to be free, so hurrah! The hanging monastery's themselves were beautiful but a little petrifying, imagine way too many Chinese people all hanging precariously off the side of a cliff with questionable and thinning structural support - ...
The hotel here is arranged around a spacious, two-story courtyard with rooms all facing inwards. The lower level rooms feature large kang beds, while the upper are the normal Chinese variety which is to say they feel more like sleeping on a lightly padded sheet of stiff plywood. Great for some, not so much for me! A kang bed is a large raised bed built of stone or brick that would sleep the whole family. The kitchen fire would send ...
... roads with dirt fields and promises of new buildings. The city's historical success was as a merchant and banking centre. Actually, there's a bunch of museums in what used to be banks, one of which claim to have been one of the top 10 remittance banks of Pingyao. Rishenchang bank was China's first 'draft bank', and there's another museum for the first armed escort service ...
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