Good evening everybody!
Yep, it's us again. We hope you are not bored of us yet! Well, we are still a month behind on this blog lark but we are trying to catch up, honest!
So, Pingyao. What a place. It was well worth all the effort to get to it and if you are in China I highly recommend going there. The reasons? Well, the place has hardly changed in 400 years. The old part of the city still has all its original walls intact and most of the buildings in the old city are also around that age. In fact our hostel was 300 years old! It was beautiful. We had our own room thank god. That is one thing we did not think about before this trip. When you sleep in dorms we can never be in the same bed. No, not for that reason! Well, not always anyhow! ;)
(Paul our parents are reading this!!!!!) What a bed we had too! It was a traditional stone bed (it had a mattress) which was double the size of a king size! Outside our room we had courtyards which came in handy as the weather was warm and they had plenty of shade.
On our first day we hired some bikes and cycled around the town. The place had a real medieval feel to it as there are small alleyways and lanes. Cars can not get into the town so it adds to the atmosphere. Whenever they produce Chinese films that are based in the past they film in Pingyao. Thankfully the government have resisted the urge to modernise like elsewhere in China. As we were going around, locals kept asking to take photos with us. It is becoming the norm now and I start to moan now when nobody asks me!
We bumped into a French guy we met in Mongolia and Beijing whilst in Pingyao. I love the fact that we keep bumping into fellow travelers. You would be amazed at how many people are doing what we are doing.
So we had a great two days in Pingyao. We left on the 23:00 train to Xian. Thankfully. we were not standing this time but we were in 3rd class sleeper. Luckily there were loads of travelers going to Xian too so our carriage was full of familiar faces. 3rd class sleeper is as bad as it sounds. Basically it's a carriage that is full of hard shelves that are passed off as beds with no partition in between. It is amazing how your values change when you travel. Anything to save some money to carry on this trip! Thats one of our favourite sayings!
Well thats all folks!
Hopefully you will get another one tomorrow!
We love you!!!!!!!!
Paul & Karen xxx