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Hanging Temple

December 21, 2012

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An hour or so from Datong, through dusty villages, where houses are still built of mud and donkeys draw carts laden with melons, is a temple that has clung to the side of a mountain for more than 1,500 years. Unsurprisingly, it’s known as the hanging temple… Now, I’m not much of a one for […]

Yungang Grottoes – in pictures

December 18, 2012

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UNESCO has a decent track record in choosing places worth seeing, and we headed off to one of their World Heritage sites, the Yungang Grottoes, first thing in the morning, hoping to be able to see these and The Hanging Temple in the same day, which is easily done from Datong. Started in the 5th […]

Datong – Shanxi Province

December 15, 2012

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Datong is a gritty kind of town.  It’s coal country – and arriving at the station in the dead of night did nothing to change our opinion that catching a train from Hohhot in Inner Mongolia into Datong was something of a risk. Not least because there are several stations called Datong and China’s paranoia […]