Yungang Jianguo Hotel
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... he showed us, not quite so spectacular when we actually got there though.
Tina told us of a place in Datong, an ancient monastery that she had visited, we also went along to see it and were very glad we did. A very peaceful place, lovely gardens and a pagoda tower you could walk all the way up inside meant that we got a fantastic view over Datong, as well as Paul being able to see another temple area with statues galore!
Datong is one of our favourite ...
... current or potential value and so are added to the piles.
Datong is dry - average rainfall is 15". We asked about dry riverbeds we noticed while driving about and Nancy told us that the mining has caused local rivers to dry up in the last few decades. She was perhaps 30 and played as a child in a small local lake that is now mostly gone.
Tonight we take an overnight train to Pingyao, leaving Datong at 11pm and arriving Pingyao at 6 am. Nancy dropped us at ...
... by shabby buildings and a lowering sky, threatening rain. Very polluted with a strong acrid smell I remember from 1980s winter Berlin on a bad day. Lots of people, all Chinese, mostly looking fairly proletarian. Accosted by a tourist tout and we patiently resist his services ... and after a while he goes away. I suspect the Boss of having secretly read a little known work by Charles Darwin called "Survival of the Nicest", whereas I am afraid I quickly find myself wanting ...
... br> At 9am there was still no sign of the other tourists, nor from the guide. It
would have actually surprised me if we would have left on time, but after about
15min the other ones arrived and we were set to go.
The first stop of the day would be the Yungang caves. It’s a series ofcaves
spread over a 1km distance containing carved Buddha’s. I had something in mind
but once we arrived 40min later I knew I was right... The structure of the
caves reminded ...
... pictures will clearly show you (if we ever get round to putting them on!). We clambered up and explored the monastery which offered great views of the surrounding mountains and iced river. Instead of dying from pneumonia we opted to leave after a short while, back to our warm taxi, ahhh heaven! After a 2 hour drive we reached the Yungang Caves. After ignoring all the Chinese tourism money making facilities we finally reached the caves. What we ...