Travel Blogs from Pingyao
... not many pharmacies around to try and procure medication, if you can convey the illness in mandarin!!
It is funny how reserved but with a good sense of humour the Chinese can be. I know it may have been culturally inappropriate but I couldn't resist getting up close and personal, and once i did it was like having the paparazzi there. All the people were giggling and snapping away. The next lot that came along definitely had a more daring sense of ...
Ok so we started the day off well with yummy omelette and cappuccino for breakfast before heading to explore and get more money. Now I am warning the top people in ASB and ANZ that there will be heads on a chopping block and lots of blood when mum and i get back to NZ! We spent 2.5 hours walking around Pingyao looking for a bank to exchange stupid useless bloody US$ for Chinese currency. The bollox the banks told me about not using the ...
... flat. I keep my elbows out and try to rugby wrestle my way to the front :) Joe is far better at it than me.. Maybe because he's a bit taller.
Anyways, so we've conquered the Chinese queue, now the trains! That was pretty interesting. Second class meant 6 bunk beds in each section, we unfortunately got top bunks (and in separate carriages) even though we booked the first day we were in China! The ...
buildings). We had the infamous Pingyao Beef, which we had heard so much about
in our stay in Beijing. The food came out and we were disappointed to find this
dish was merely corned beef… The woman who owned the restaurant was a very
sweet young woman however and made our meal very enjoyable with her infectious
The night in the hostel was far from ideal
though. The mattress was very rough, and Matt started to ...
... ancient gravestones of important administrators, warriors, soldiers, monks and notaries of the time. The inscriptions were lengthy and provided a window of insight as to how people lived back then. Obviously our lack of knowledge concerning ancient Chinese texts precluded us from any deep understanding and there weren't any English translations.
After getting back to Pingyao we bee-lined for the walled city in a effort to climb the main city ...