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Jul 7, 2011 - 6 July - Datong

On Wednesday we had a long drive to Datong, arriving in the early evening. Datong dates back nearly 2500 years, though these days is a modern city of over one million people. As in the rest of China, many of the old buildings are being pulled down and replaced with huge skyscrapers. On Thursday we left early for one of the main attractions of the area, the UNESCO World Heritage Yungang Caves. These are 5th century AD Buddhist caves filled with around 50,000 statues, from towering 17m Buddhas to tiny little carvings tucked away in corners of...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Dragon Boat Holiday

Iris has been off school for the last 3 days, Mon-Weds., for the Dragon Boat Holiday here in China. I've been told countless times what the festival celebrated, but I still don't really understand. Something about a guy jumping into a river and the festival is in his remembrance? Anyway, we went to the next providence over, the Shanxi Providence, which is different than the Shaanxi Providence that I live in now. They have different pronunciations supposedly, but my Americanness can't tell the difference other than the spelling. But in...

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Oct 6, 2010 - Ping Yao Shanxi Province

Ping Yao Ancient City of China October 14, 2010 ladymaggic Leave a comment http://scenery.cultural-china.com/en/148Scenery78.html Ping Yao is an ancient city with a history of over 2700 years, located in the middle part of Shanxi Province, China. It is an outstanding example of a Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties with its city walls, streets, dwelling houses, shops and temples that have retained all the features to an exceptional degree. Also, many traditions are still preserved by the people living in Ping Yao. The ancient...

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Oct 3, 2010 - Wutaishan Mountains Shanxi

Tayuan Temple ..Wutaishan October 3, 2010 http://sunrisetoday.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/tayuan-temple-wutaishan/ Tayuan TempleTaiyuan Temple The 75.3-meter-high (247-feet-high) Tayuan Temple is the symbol of Mt. Wutaishan. http://www.chinaholidays.com/guide/cities/wutaishan-travel.html The 50m high Tibetan styled White Pagoda, designed by a Nepali in 1301,has become a symbol of Wutai Shan. Itstands on the grounds of Tayuan Temple, also in Taihuai. A marketplace forms around it with vendors selling incense, prayer beads, Buddhistbooklets and...

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Sep 15, 2010 - Yangquan Shanxi Province China

Yangquan is 6 hours drive from beijing along one of the busiest roads in China. The last 100 kms was slow traffic with many trucks that made the journey very long. There is a fast express train of 2 hours and also bus transport. The city has in recent years become very beautiful. From the origins of a coal mining city full of dust, it has now been renovated and redone to be very clean. The coal mines have been relocated outside the city, the river has been rebuilt and water pumped into it daily from underground sources. As well as this,...

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Aug 9, 2010 - Mianshan

31 July Today we moved out of our apartment at Eastgate to our hotel in nanluoguxiang. 1 August Today we left our hotel in nanluoguxiang and went to beijing west railway station to take a train to taiyuan and then take a mini van to mianshan. At the train station when we were trying to get on to the train we thought there were loads of people who got left behind because they didn't let you on to the train until there were only 10 minutes left until the train departed! When we got of the train there was hardly any crowd! We found the mini...

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Aug 9, 2010 - Mianshan

Hello, 31st july. On saturday morning we moved out of our apartment and went to a hotel where we would stay for one night. The next day we would catch the train to taiyuan. The room had two beds and I would share a bed with mum. 1st august. On sunday we caught the train to Taiyuan. It was really hard to get to the station and also really hard to get onto the train. When we got on it left and wethought that there were quite a few people that missed the train because there wasn't enough time to get on to it. We are going to a place called...

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Aug 8, 2010 - Mianshan

We moved out of our apartment on 31 July. We ended up mailing extra stuff back to NZ – 5 boxes, each about 20kg. We stayed in small, very cheap hotel on our favourite street – 2 x ¾ beds overnight. On 1 August we caught the train to Taiyuan (3.5 hours) where we were meet by a driver who drove us to our hotel in Mianshan (2.5 hour drive). Mianshan is amazing – a narrow, steeply sided valley, with cliffs towering over each side, about 2000m high. About half way up the sides there is a road along the cliffs with hotels and temples everywhere....

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Jul 18, 2010 - Yungang Grottoes

It was 8:10 pm when we arriving the Garden hotel on Dabei road in Datong. Because of the Huayan temple in Datong being repaired, so we didn't have chance to visit it. Yungang Grottoes the places we are looking forward for long time ago is located 16km west of Datong city, Yungang Grottoes was built in the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 460 to 471) 1,500 years ago. Yungang Grottoes was listed by UNESCO as World Heritage List has 45 major caves, more than 51,000 statues. It is a miracle in the Chinese art history. The No.6 grotto is my favorite...

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Jul 17, 2010 - Unimaginable Hanging Temple

Yingxian town is small town but dumplings not bad. after lunch, we were on the way to the next destination Xuankong temple. It took 40 minutes to get to the Xuankong temple in Hunyuan town from Yingxian. I heard Xuankong temple since childhood, it is a miracle, XuanKong temple was built in 1,400 years ago the late Northern Wei Dynasty , but I just not understand why people built a temple at such place, hanging the entire temple on the side of peak and support the temple by wooden pillars a thousand years ago. It is an inconceivable hanging...

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May 23, 2010 - China is different!!

China es un país diferente. Y cada vez que uno lo visita sigue siendo, a la vez, diferente a los demás y diferente a si misma. El desarrollo tan tremendo que tiene el país esta presente en todas partes, y el filón que han encontrado en el turismo también. El país entero esta en continua reconstrucción. En realidad esa es la mentalidad china: muchas cosas de bajo coste y menor duración y mucha rotación de productos. Supongo que ese es el medio para mantener el ritmo frenético del país. Pero en realidad no somos muchos los guiris por estos...

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May 4, 2010 - Holiday weekend

For a different perspective on our trip, look at the children's travel journals: http://www.mytripjournal.com/Suzanna2010 http://www.mytripjournal.com/Ben2010 Monday: Lessons, Hongqiao toy market Tuesday: Lessons, Paul out, Karyn swimming with Suzanna and Ben Wednesday: Military museum Thursday: Paul, Suzanna and Ben at ripsticking, ball games, skipping, catch, computer games, Karyn to Forbidden City Friday: Lessons, packing, train to Pingyao Saturday: Tours of Pingyao and Qiao family compound Sunday: Tours of Chang family compound and...

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