Yu Feng Heng Hotel
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One of the top two sleeps of China so far, just getting up once c 0200 and then turning over to see 0620 on the watch; whee! Ablutions and computer time until java break with Trav after 0700. Finalized yesterday's blog and shot the **** with my roomie.
Down for 0900 brekkie which was pretty similar to yesterday. The twins and I were slagging anything English. Dave asked if there was anything good an Englishman could do for me. I ...
... a very convenient little entry gate and set of stairs that led up to the top of the city wall. We decided this must be fate and so we handed over our tickets to be scanned and headed up to view the city from on high. It was really cool looking out over the ancient city, seeing hundreds and hundreds of roof tops and having a bird’s eye view over the main shopping streets that were pretty packed with mostly Chinese tourists. We flipped a coin and decided to head left and ...
Day 1 - City Tour
Pingyao was a financial centre of China whose history dates back some 2,700 years. Today it is renowned for its well-preserved city walls and the ancient city attracts tourists in their thousands in the summer months. Many of the hotels are delicately constructed and decorated in a Ming and Qing style (whatever that means, but they do look old and they are very nice). It ...
We are staying in the old walled city of Pingyao originally built 2700 years ago and one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. What is nice is that it is still inhabited by 50,000 so at night when all the tourist have gone, you can prowl around like a local. Our hotel is called Jings Residence and is based around an original courtyard house but updated for a modern and luxurious stay. Our room faces the courtyard and has the biggest bed ...
... to town it had gone 5pm, so we thought we had missed our onward bus so went straight to the train station but Rach had again left her passport in the hostel and the ticket attendant basically said no ID, no travel. Thank god we tried the bus station as there were still two buses that evening. Narrowly avoided an expensive taxi ride there!
We spent most of the evening feeding stray dogs a kind of sausage that in fact was meant for human consumption but ...