Yungang International Hotel
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... China, fantastic food, wonderful, interesting things to see and it felt like being in real China, hardly any western tourists and it had an industrial scruffiness which we found quite endearing, full of very kind, patient and lovely people.
Off again, this time to Beijing for six days, time to see the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the old town before heading down under to see Rob, Annie and Andrew in Brisbane and Mel in ...
... next to the train station where she knows the staff and arranged for us to hang out in their lobby and use their WiFi. The hotel also has a hotpot restaurant that locals like so she took me in, introduced me to the staff (who speak no English) and explained the menu. It is not easy as first you order a broth flavor, then a dipping sauce, then meat and vegetables. The pot of boiling broth is at the table and you add the meat and vegetables as you go, taking them out as they ...
... irritating people to go away and boil their heads. Luckily, she is in charge. Our taxi driver has such a large propane cylinder in his car boot that our cases won't fit in with the lid shut, so he nonchalantly leaves the boot open despite our protests. This alarms, and we haul out a smaller case and insist on taking it into the car with us. When I put my seatbelt on, he rolls his eyes. On our way to the hotel we notice that the open boot is quite in style in Datong and the ...
... the Ellora & Ajanta caves I saw in India 6 years ago.
Having a guide was kind of useful since she gave us some nice background
information, which wasn’t written in the guidebooks. During the tour 2 other
girls joined us. They looked at me and said: “you must be Belgian”. How the
hell did they know, do I look so Belgian?? Maybe the few blond hairs on my head
that I have leftand my blue-ish eyes betrayed me... I said: yes I am! At the
end it seemed ...
... back at 6 pm.
I will dedicate one block of time to upload selected pictures of each place - not today though.
Anyway the Grottoes (am tour) were built by devotees of Buddha - The Grottoes have been preserved with great care - these are caves where the early "gentry" and "commoners" prayed and worshipped Buddhas - the first 20 caves being the most ornate and the largest in size - even then money talked! We could ...