Yungang International Hotel
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... why it is so special.
Other highlights include 24 hour McDonalds (late night butterscotch McFlurry), short shorts, and the older gentleman who hooked me up with an amazing meal.
Tomorrow morning before going to Beijing, I may try to see a Buddhist monastery down the street, but only if they give me a student discount, I've seen too many of these places.
... Silk Road.
Datong was the capital of China until 494 when the emperor moved the capital to a more secure interior site. Part of the Mongol empire is now annexed to China as the province of Inner Mongolia but there is a large Chinese army presence here in case they ever get separatist ideas. After the capital moved, locals kept adding grottoes, albeit on a much smaller scale. "Small money, small cave", to quote Nancy.
The ones done during the imperial ...
... social status simply have the right to more space and the right to proceed first. Interestingly, this does not anger those of lower social standing. Peasants know and accept their status. Almost as if centuries of empirical rule have whipped the people into shape. Louise and I both enjoyed speaking with this man (Sam watched dodgeball). It helped the 7 hours and 33 minutes go by just a little faster. Crossing the river of ...
... an older Chinese man and his son. I spend most of the night with people on the Vodkatrain group in one of the cabins playing Connect 4, drinking and getting to know everyone. It's a fantastic group to be able to spend this journey with. Everyone is so friendly, fun, openminded, curious and adventurous.
It is here that I am introduced to "Christmas" by a well travelled Sydney couple. Christmas is a ...
... symbols otherwise no one understands it, and some of the taxi drivers can’t even read Chinese so gesturing and pointing to maps is about as good as it gets - It becomes a bit of a lottery on if you will actually get to the place you intend.
The bus ride to Datong was pretty horrific. With the holiday still in full flow, our 4 hour bus journey took 8 hours, and from about 30 mins in, people on the bus began to be violently travel sick, which was delightful ...