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Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao November 27th 2019

After another great night's sleep and another great breakfast of egg on toast and homemade dumplings, I was ready to see the places I had missed the day before. I hoped that I had time to visit them all. It felt quite a bit colder than it had done the day before. The first place I decided to head to was the Newspaper Museum, which was just across the street from where I was staying. I think I was the first person to enter the museum that day as it was so quiet. I had a look around the different exhibits about newspapers in the different rooms of the building. Since everything was in Chinese, I had to rely on the pictures to know what they were about. The building that the museum was in, was ... read more
China's Rare Newspaper Gallery
China's Rare Newspaper Gallery
China's Rare Newspaper Gallery

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao November 26th 2019

Breakfast was included in my guesthouse, so I made my way to the restaurant. I had a nice, strong cup of coffee and fried egg on toast, which was pretty basic but good and filling. The homemade dumplings were the stand out dish. I really, really enjoyed those and could have eaten another plate or two. Looking out the window, the streets were still quiet, it was still early though. To see all the sights in Pingyao, you have to buy a combined ticket that allows you entrance to them all, so I walked down to the main ticket office to get it. When I got there, I was realised that I was buggered as I needed cash to pay and didn't have any. China is pretty much a cashless society and it always trips me ... read more
South Street
Ancient City
Ancient City

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao November 25th 2019

The high speed train from Beijing West Station deposited me Pingyao Gucheng Station in the afternoon. The train ride had been fairly comfortable. Upon exiting the station, I walked out to, pretty much, nothing. I was quite surprised as Pingyao is a popular tourist destination and I thought there would be more life. I found the bus stop, right in front of the station, and waited for the 108 bus. There weren't many people waiting for the bus and the taxi touts kept approaching me and offering rides to the Old Town for 30 RMB, which is pretty cheap, but the bus is only 1 RMB. I had to wait about ten minutes in the cold and about another ten minutes on the bus before we headed off to Pingyao proper. The drive wad uneventful and ... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi November 30th 2018

The Chinese word for enlightened person transcribed to English (spiritually immortal) Located NW China, a historical city more than 3000 years old. For 1000 of years the city has been the capitol over 13 dynasties, with a total of 13 emperors Ruling. We visited the Muslim quarter then had dumplings at a local restaurant. Set off early morning for a good look at he city as we drove sometime to first reach a Public peoples park were the locals mostly retired gather for any activities. We were greeted with open arms as we danced with them in the traditional line, and then we were invited in while they sang us a song. It was a warm feeling with a large number of great people. The weather was thick and the pollution horrid with no sun light ... read more
Squid on a stick

Asia » China » Shanxi » Yángquán August 21st 2017

We meet our little group and De Kye our guide and head off to our first monastary. Drepung Monastery, once home to 10000 monks and the Dali Lama, it was the seat of central government until the 5th Dali Lama built the Potala Palace. After visits to Drepung Monastery, the Jokhang temple and day 2 the Potala Palace and Sera Monastery, I begin to realise that Buddhism, in its various evocations is Tibetan culture. Day one was a religious celebration and gave us an idea of the sheer numbers of the devoted working their way around vast numbers of tourist groups, as they tried to pay their respects to every diety, Budda, teacher, Dali Lama and give their meagre wealth to the upkeep of monasteries and Monks. Some things that are of interest 7000 year old ... read more
crew at Sera Monastery
joining the clockwise beat, Jokhang temple
KK in price discussion

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao July 27th 2017

Par une belle journée de pluie et de brouillard, nous avons fait une excursion avec nos voisins français pour visiter 2 sites proches de Pingyao : La résidence de la famille Wang : une impressionnante succession de cours et de bâtiments qui forment un immense complexe harmonieux mais austère, surtout sur fond de pluie La forteresse souterraine de Zhangbi : un curieux dédale de souterrains comme une mini ligne Maginot sous un petit village tranquille A l'aller comme au retour, surprenante conduite lente (la pluie ?) et traversée de sites chimiques alimentés au charbon... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao July 26th 2017

Journée tranquille de touristes dans Pingyao : visite des principaux monuments (temples et maisons officielles), les ramparts de la tour Nord à la tour Sud, déambulations dans les rues de la vieille ville ... On n'est pas seuls mais tout ça est bien agréable 🤗... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao July 25th 2017

Premier voyage en train très agréable, couchettes molles chaudement recommandées ! Nos compartiments, puisque nous n'avons pas pu être ensembles, ne sont que partiellement/temporairement occupés et ce sont d'excellentes conditions de voyage, avec un wagon restaurant correct, et une voisine qui parle anglais ! À l'arrivée à Pingyao nous trouvons nos chambres, dans une maison typique au fond d'une cour rectangulaire, avec les filles à l´étage. Les matelas aussi sont malheureusement typiques : le sommier en bois est tout proche des draps... Premier contact avec la ville : très touristique, mais on se sent bien en vacances, ici, et c'est très agréable !... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi » Datong July 24th 2017

Encore un site bouddhique, mais très différent et vraiment exceptionnel Les plus belles salles sont surprenantes et impressionnantes C'est très abîmé mais restauré comme il faut pour qu'on puisse avoir une idée du site il y a 1500 ans... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi » Datong July 23rd 2017

Ce deuxième trajet en bus restera dans nos mémoires : d'abord 2 heures de sur place dans les bouchons de wutai chan, puis un racket limite inquiétant en pleine montagne, la route defoncee et sinuseuse, le minivan rincé, l'arrivée dans une ville grise qui alterne barres d'immeubles et bidonvilles: on est bien contents de repartir par le train, depuis la gare juste en face de notre hôtel ! On a quand même fait un tour dans la vieille ville refaite façon far west ( de belles façades cachent la misère) Et on attend beaucoup des grottes demain... read more

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