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出发98 viewsSetting out for Datong in northern Shanxi. Here we are at the Beijing West railway station.mudmine
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Waiting for the train40 viewsIn Waiting Hall no. 2mudmine
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On the train61 viewsThe mop (used mostly to wipe the bathrooms and therefore soaked in unpleasant things) for our car was stored right under Babi's bunk, so he spent a lot of time trying to keep it away from his luggage and shoes.mudmine
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Babi on his bunk54 viewsHard sleeper is the best combination of cost and comfort. There are six bunks to a berth (lower, middle, and upper on each side), with a soft pad and warm duvet spread over the top of each one. The berth has no door and is just open to the hallway. Soft sleepers, which are more expensive, have four bunks in a room with a door that closes and locks. mudmine
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Babi and EB on the bottom bunk60 viewsmudmine
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Hilary at Datong station47 viewsThe crack of dawn.mudmine
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Datong sunrise43 viewsDatong is a very sooty coal-producing city. Fully 1/3 of the coal that China uses comes from the area around Datong and Taiyuan. They are fairly bleak places-- we were anxious to get out of Datong as quickly as possible.mudmine
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California Beef Noodle King52 viewsThis is a chain of restaurants that used to be all over Beijing, too, but now there seem to be fewer of them in the capital. Perhaps those of you in California can tell us whether the beef noodle king features prominently in local cuisine.mudmine
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Public art in Datong48 viewsmudmine
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Datong street scene61 viewsWe did not eat here.mudmine
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Pigeon catch-and-release69 viewsActually, I don't think they release them. I think these guys are destined for the dinner table.mudmine
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Breakfast in Datong72 viewsAll the bing (filled pancakes), zhou (porridge), and noodles you can eat.mudmine
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On the tour bus67 viewsmudmine
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悬空寺 The Hanging Temple61 viewsThis cool temple hangs near the base of Heng Shan, one of the mountains sacred to Buddhists. It was first built some 1500 years ago, during the Northern Wei dynasty, but it was rebuilt several times and was most recently repaired sometime in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). mudmine
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More distant view of the Hanging Temple58 viewsmudmine
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Temple view61 viewsThe long skinny poles that look like they're precariously holding the temple up do no actual work, because the temple's beams are sunk deep in the rock face.mudmine
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Fancy stairway61 viewsFancy dragon-head entrance to a stairway along the mountainside leading up to the top of a dam.mudmine
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Hilary and EB about the enter the temple65 viewsHaving climbed halfway up.mudmine
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View down from the temple63 viewsWe're not sure what they're maintaining the big green lawn for. The mountain, though, reminded us very much of Colorado, especially the foothills right near Denver.mudmine
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Babi at the temple65 viewsmudmine
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Inside the temple45 viewsLooking back at the stairway that leads to the top of the dam.mudmine
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44 viewsView of the sticks "holding up" the temple.mudmine
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sisters at the hanging temple50 viewsmudmine
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husband and wife at the hanging temple54 viewsmudmine
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Fire extinguishers and bags of dirt50 viewsThese tools for putting out fires were all over the premises of the Hanging Temple. Yet when you ask the employees supervising the place whether fire is a big danger here, they say, "nah."mudmine
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Ceiling decorations inside one of the shrines in the temple46 viewsmudmine
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Guanyin (Avalokitesvara), boddhisatva of compassion47 viewsmudmine
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44 viewsThe dry weather in this part of the country is part of the reason wooden statues have been able to survive for so long.mudmine
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Sakyamuni, the buddha45 viewsmudmine
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Laozi (aka Lao-tzu)52 viewsmudmine
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Confucius46 viewsSakyamuni (seminal figure of Buddhism), Laozi (seminal figure of Taoism), and Confucius all occupy one room of the temple, reflecting the temple's syncretism.mudmine
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EB looks down from a higher part of the temple44 viewsmudmine
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View from the temple46 viewsLooking down over the decorated tiles of the roof gives you an idea of the precipitous heights.mudmine
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Clouds on the ceiling45 viewsAnother view of the intricate wooden carving on the ceiling inside the temple.mudmine
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