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Nov 4, 2016 - In Pingyao

Hard,hard die bedden.Maar ja, je moet iets over hebben om te ervaren hoe de Chinezen vroeger leefden. Enfin, in de ochtend een rondleiding door de oude stad gehad. Over de volledig intacte omwalling, naar de bank met ondergrondse kluizen en de rechtbank met gevangenissen en de meest gruwelijke martelwerktuigen. In de middag een wandeling buiten de stadsmuren gemaakt en wat souvenirs gekocht. 's Avonds op eigen gelegenheid gaan eten (op goed geluk iets besteld, viel niet tegen) en op een van de spaarzame terrasjes een pilsje gedronken....

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Nov 3, 2016 - Van Taiyuan naar Pingyao

In de ochtend naar een tempelpark geweest waar tempels van de drie grote religies van China bij elkaar staan. Boeddhisme,helemaal erop gericht dat alles in het huidige leven staat in het teken van het volgende leven. Taoïsme, dat predikt dat de mens helemaal terug moet naar de natuur. En het Confucianisme, waarin de mens een voorbestemde rol in het huidige leven speelt en tevreden moet zijn met wat hij heeft. Bij de meeste Chinezen wordt de religie echter teruggebracht naar materialisme en het streven naar meer rijkdom. Hoe dan ook; mooie...

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Nov 2, 2016 - Van Datong naar Taiyuan

Vandaag was weer een geweldige dag. Zoals gezegd om 6.30 opgestaan en met de bus naar de grotten van Yunggan gereden. Op een vergelijkbare manier als vroeger de mergelblokken in Maastricht uit de grotten gehouwen zijn, hebben ze hier 1500 jaar geleden meer dan duizend Boeddha's uit de zandsteen gebeiteld. In de middag naar het hangende klooster toe. We moesten wind, kou en hoogtevrees trotseren, maar wat een ervaring. Onderweg ook nog een aparte manier gezien om een gebouw aan de buitenkant te witten.

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Oct 29, 2016 - Sometimes things go wrong when travelling....

I was a bit livelier on Tuesday and got myself out and about early. I headed straight up to Tiananmen Square which was only about a 10minte walk from the hostel. I got distracted on route though as the walk there was through a few really interest streets and I also stumbled across a beautiful indoor market – I didn’t buy anything but it was good to have a walk around leisurely. Tiananmen Square was really interesting, it’s a huge area – larger than Red Square in Moscow… the main areas included the Zhengyangmen (the ‘proper’ gate into the...

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Apr 1, 2016 - Datong

Datong, derniere etape de notre parcours. L'interet ici reside non pas dans la ville de Datong, entierement refaite, mais dans les grottes de Yunyang-grottes bouddhistes- magnifiques et authentiques. Le bouddhisme arrive en Chine par la route de la soie des le 1er siecle. Datong est aussi la region des usines a Charbon, impressionnantes et terrifiantes.

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Mar 30, 2016 - Wutaishan

Petit passage par les montagnes de Wutaishan (aussi inscrites au Patrimoine mondiale de l'Unesco) et leurs temples bouddhistes. Wutaishan est l'une des quatre montagnes sacrees du bouddhisme. Autrefois, on y trouvais 350 temples. Aujourd'hui plus que 48. Si la montagne ne nous semble pas a la hauteur des paysages magnifiques du Bouthan beaucoup plus sauvages, les temples n'en restent pas moins tres beaux. Dommage qu'on y voit entre chaque temple des parkings et constructions. S'il n y a pas de route, Il y a -bien sur- toujours un...

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Mar 26, 2016 - Pingyao

Dernier voyage en Chine avant le grand depart pour le Moyen-Orient. Nous decidons d'explorer une infime partie de ce grand pays, la Shanxi province de Pingyao a Datong en passant par Wutaishan, une region qui regorgent de sites classes au Patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco. Audrey et Emmanuelle viennent nous rejoindre pour ce perriple tres culturel avec les enfants! Meme les cloches de paques nous aurons trouve jusque dans notre guesthouse. Pingyao fondee il y a 2700 ans devient la capitale financiere de la Chine en 1824, date de la creation de...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Welcome to China!

Lest I sound like a "grumpy Granny" (as James called me) after my initial complaints about Mongolia, may I just redeem myself by saying that I LOVE CHINA!!!!! Maybe I had to go through the sensory deprivation of Mongolia in order to truly savor the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of China. What a fantastic country. I just can't say enough good things about it. I was prepared for it to be a dirty, polluted, industrial place where people were at best, wary, and at worse, frightened of foreigners. Well, nothing could be further from our...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Taoist temples, giant Buddhas and yet more awful food

Just when you you think a Chinese menu can't throw you any more surprises, up popped this dish on offer in Pingyao - "Slow cooks the bull's penis". I'm sure the slow cooking process makes all the difference. In case you were wondering, I opted for vegetarian noodles. To give you some idea of how bad the food is, I ended up in a KFC the other night, and I hate fast food places. To be honest it was not much better than the Chinese fare on offer, but at least there were chips. I left Beijing last Monday heading west on an eight hour train...

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Six months in Asia

Jun 4, 2013 - Back to Datong

We got back to Datong without incident and hoped that we had tickets to Beijing waiting for us. Initial signs were not good as the travel agent had told us he would meet us off the train and there was no sign of him. We walked over to the office (down the side street, round the corner and third door down). The office was locked up with no lights on. We knocked twice and waited. We were starting to get a little anxious when finally, the door opened and there was the agent. We went inside and he gave us what we hope are the tickets. I say...

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May 31, 2013 - Datong

We've now arrived in Datong, what was to have been our penultimate stop in China. The trip was only 463 km (which takes us to 3,059 km travelled so far or roughly 25% of the way) but took over 8 hours as we were on the slow train. We also made a mistake in booking hard seats (no soft seats on the train) instead of soft sleepers. As it was a day time trip we thought why do we need sleepers? We thought seats (even hard) would suffice. After all, everyone would be allocated a seat so what was the problem? Big mistake. First up, seats are very...

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May 28, 2013 - It's Pingyao and it's raining!

It has just stopped raining and we're sitting here on our private rooftop courtyard, enjoying a refreshing cup of green tea (enter your drink of choice here) and updating our blog. Imagine, I could be back in Huntingwood trying to anticipate month end results. It's a tough life! It never did stop raining on the Sunday we left Luoyang. It kept raining all day until we got to the train station around six. Our train didn't leave until after eight but we only had late check out until 6.00 pm so we thought we'd wait at the station. The train we...

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