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Flag of China  , Shanxi,
Friday, October 14, 2011

There is not much to say about Pingyao.  We left for this place early Saturday morning and went to the train station. I slept most the way on the train and the bus ride to Pingyao. So part of the reason I can't tell you much about it.  The first day however in the town was really fun.  Not going to lie the town is a huge tourist trap.  Yet, it does have some historical significance.  It was the place where the first bank in china was started.  So we went and saw the families who started the banks home and then we went and saw the bank itself.  After that we saw a series of military barracks and temples.  The temples and the barracks were really cool.  The part that I liked the most about this city was the hotel and the temple.  I can’t tell you what I said at the temple but our tour guide had me pray at one of the temple and I lit some incense too which was pretty fun.  There is a rule or law in pingyao that if you are in the old city that you must keep the rustic look of the building but u can remodel inside. Well our hotel was pretty old school with a few of the amenities that modern civilization needs like electricity, hot water, and toilet. But other than that was old school like the bed and the design.   We also saw this play which was quite funny now I couldn’t tell you what was being said but the performance was fun to watch and the singing was a very archaic and traditional.  The next day was basically for shopping and that’s what we did.  I walked along all the shops and I found a guy selling what looked like oranges but they were much smaller.  It turns out they were kumquats and ate one and to this day I have been continuing to buy them as they are delicious.  I even found a western restaurant while I was there and had lunch there.  I had been craving a good homemade cheeseburger and it was fantastic!!!!  It tasted a little like home.   After that we met back at the hotel and we came back home.
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