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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 - The Military museum and a weekend in Pingyao.

Hey Every One! A few days ago we went to Military museum. Before we went inside we went on the missile equipped boat. We climbed all around on it and turned the steering wheel and pushed levers up and down. I really liked it and then we went inside. There were lots of different types of guns in there and it was quite interesting. My favorite bit was when Dad got me a ticket for the tank section where you could climb around on a tank and go inside it. There were also a lot of anti air guns that you could climb on. Ben had already got a...

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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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Davis Family 2010

May 4, 2010 - Military Museum And Pingyao!!!!!

Last Wednesday we went to the Military Museum. At the military Museum I climbed around on a real tank. after that I went on a anti-air gun then in a real air fighter!!!!!!!!! On Friday we went to Pingyao. It took us 3 hours on a train and then 1.5 hours in a bus, and 5 minutes in a battery powered car to get there. At Pingyao we lived in a Guest House. This was a traditional Chinese house with lots of small rooms arranged around courtyards. The next day in the morning we went to the Pingyao wall. On the top of the wall there was a tower...

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Apr 17, 2010 - Wooden Tower

Now time is 11:10 am, we start to leave Wutai Mountain. Our next destination is Yingxian Wooden Tower; it takes about two hours driving to get to Yingxian a small town near Huaineng. The wood tower (Shakya tower)located in Fogong temple(Buddhist Temple),the tower's structure is made by wood has five floors and 67 meters high and 11 meters high Sakyamuni statue were sit in the middle of first floor. The tower was built 950 years ago in Liao dynasty. The tower took about 3000 cubic pine wood, about 2600 tons heavy, the overall percentage of...

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Apr 16, 2010 - Buddhist shrine Wutai Mountain

We left Pingyao at 5:10 PM and driving along the Dayun highway to our next destination Taiyuan. It took about one and half hour and 132KM arrival in Shanxi world trade hotel on Fuxi road in Taiyuan; we had dinner at Wangtai restaurant near the hotel. (Recommendation their soup very good) We left the hotel in the morning 9:30 next day to start our next journey Wutai Mountain 332km away from Taiyuan. I drive from Dadongguan entrance through city ring highway to Dayun highway to the north, at Yizhou city turn east about 152km to Wutai city...

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Apr 15, 2010 - Ancient City Pingyao

First time I met Stfano and Susanna was on the morning 15 April at Xian Sofitel Renmin Square hotel. A typical Italian man with slightly curled hair kind and Charming, Susana is beautiful girl with golden hair and blue eyes beautiful and attractive. We haven't waste any time to start our journey after the hotel Checkout. Leaving the hotel was 8:40 am it took about only 10 min to get Xiewang overpass and Xiyu high way. We arrived our first stop of Pingyao ancient city at 1:10 pm, and the odometer shows 586km. Pingyao Ancient City was built...

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Apr 2, 2010 - The Great Wall (Jinshanling, Simatai)

Today the Great Wall was our chosen destination. We had to get up really early at 5:30 am in order to be ready when the tour started at 6. The trip was organized by our hostel and our group consisted of a German family, who live in Bad Rappenau, and a very cool English guy called Tom, for whom China was a the last stop of a one year world tour. The drive to the wall took us not less than 3 hours and was a very nerve-wrecking experience since people behave like nuts in the traffic. For example most of the time, when there was too much...

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Peter's World Tour

Oct 5, 2009 - Day 16: Beijing - Great Wall

I can hardly begin to explain the emotion felt about seeing and standing on the Great Wall of China. Just driving up those incredible mountains and catching glimpses of the wall brought shivers down my spine and I grew more and more excited as we rounded each bend. Finally we arrived at Simatai, about a three hour drive from Beijing and stood there marvelling at the wall snaking across the top of the ridge. It was a majestic sight to see. Some of us opted to take the cable car and venicular railway half way up, and this gave us a completely...

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Sep 28, 2009 - Pingyao - Day 11,12,13

28 September '09 We met quite a few people in the hostel who had been in China for various amounts of time and reasons. We swapped stories of troublesome times, which was reassuring to know we weren’t the only ones having a tough time getting around. We sat outside on the street, which is very pretty at night with all the lights. Most passers by shouted out ‘Hello’ from their bikes. Children are told not to wonder the alley ways at night as they are meant to be haunted by ghosts, we can see why they believe this as this old city can look...

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Eastern Experience

Sep 27, 2009 - Moving on to the lovely Pingyao - Day 11

Early morning rise again, this time acutaly looking forward to spending the day on the train to rest our poor legs. We had nice soft seats on a much better train for 9 hours to Taiyuan, but was really crowded. Not much to do in Taiyuan apart from catch a connecting train. The train station however is said to be the cleanest in China, and this appeared to be so. This is the first time we saw beggars and tramps, and when ordering a pancake from a street vendor we managed to gather an audience of about 20 people who found us ordering a pancake...

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