The Catholic church in Pingyao is situated in the Old Quarter close to city walls. The church, what surprised me, was open. It probably belongs to "official" Catholic Church in China (the Church is divided in two: official - approved by the communist authorities and unofficial - hidden and persecuted). We walked inside and noticed that it is in a...more
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The population in Datong is 2,82 million, where of Datong City has 1,1 milion inhabitants. Datong is divided into seven counties (县), 154 towns (镇) and 2283 villages (自然村) (李彬 2001).Datong is an important industry and mining town, especially having large coal resources. Unfourtenately this also means...more
The non-smoking room is excellent.and the free fruit in the room and some drinks.the room is...more
The city wall of datong has not been torn down, but for many many years it was just not noticed. Now the former mayor from the old city of Pingyao is mayor of Datong and wants to develop Datong into a nice historical city, bigger than Pingyao but as beautiful.The city wall is from the 14th century Ming-Dynastie.more
Tiayuan Railway Station is an important railway station for Shanxi Province, as more than 20 trains from big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Baotou, and other large cities into this station everyday. Now, the speed rails from Beijing West takes less than 4 hours to reach this city. Taiyuan-Jiaozhou lines and Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan...more
I was expecting to see a load of army guys in uniform when I walked through the entrance of this...more
If you plan to take taxi from airport to the city, then go to the departure level (upper), grab a taxi that drops off customers to airport, taxi from upper level will have meter on, it took 53 yuan for us to the hotel in city center (some traffic jam). Was told taxi from arrival level will ask for 80-100yuan to take you to the center, they won't...more
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An hour's drive from Jiexiu, Mianshan Mountain is a tourist spot built into the side of the cliff in the mountains. It is famous for Lord Jie, retainer to the emperor in long ago China. The story I heard was that when a King and his faithful retainer had to flee the capital due to unrest, they hid out in these mountains. Hungry, Lord Jie sliced off a piece of his leg and offered it to his King to eat. When the King eventually regained his throne, he asked Lord Jie to return to his post. Lord Jie had had enough of court and refused to come, instead retreating to Mianshan Mountain with his mother to live. The King chased after him into the mountains, and after getting some advice from a crooked court official, set fire to the mountains to try to smoke him out. Lord Jie and his mother perished, his remains are buried at the top of the mountain. Hence after, they hold a yearly Cold Food Festival in honor of Lord Jie who cut off part of his leg for his King. The town, Jiexiu, is named after Lord Jie. This if probably not the full story, but I cannot read Chinese so this is all I can remember (great story though!). There are around 5 or 6 hotels in the area, and Yungfeng Hotel is the best for foreigners (they speak excellent English there). I stayed at the ShuiTao Xingu Hotel, which is lovely and faces a beautiful waterfall, but we couldn't communicate too well with them as they spoke mainly Mandarin (but we communicated through translations on babelfish/computer). There is so much to do here, you need at least 2-3 days to explore the area. We did it by ourselves, and managed to get by with a mixture of walking, hiking, and some taxi-taking. I heard there was supposed to be a shuttle bus between the various scenic areas, but we couldn't figure out which bus it was (there were so many!). It's worth it to go, and we'll be back to see it again.Related to:
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Coming back from the whole day of ‘templing’ we strayed away from the path leading from Cifu Si towards the village of Taihuai. On the forest foothills west of the village we came upon local cemetery – white pagodas of different sizes spread on the terraces in the forest. Just near by there was a group of locals burning a bonfire, sitting next to...more
In addition to the temples and shrines, Wutai Shan has a beautiful and fascinating landscape and many hiking trails revealing serene mountain scenery. Most of the trails are leading to the near by or far away peaks and monasteries and are used mostly by locals.Hiking the mountains surrounding the valley is relaxing, kind of meditative and also a...more
Taihuai is the central town in the Wutai Shan area. It is basically a larger village with more and more hotels erratically spreading through the valley. The main attractions are many Buddhist temples and monasteries located in the town itself and surrounding mountain peaks. In addition to the temples there is a beautiful and fascinating landscape...more
The easiest and most common way to get to Hunyuan is from Datong. There are regular buses going to Hunyuan County (1 hour, 15 RMB) and from there you should take an illegal taxi to Xuankong Si - The Hanging Monastery. The ride is about 10 RMB - you shouldn't pay more.
When I visited the place I came from Wutaishan, with a mini bus. Now THAT was a ride! We managed to bargain a ride to Xuankong Si for 35 RMB (about 4 hours ride) - that was a great success, since the driver wanted 100 RMB at the beginning. But I'll tell you that story some other time...
We then continued our way back to Datong as described above.Related to:
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Chang'an is the old name for Xi'an.
The Terracotta Warriors is one of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 km east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum in Shaanxi Province.
Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in BC246), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had work begun on his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after-life.
A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. It caught the attention of archeologists and they came to Xi'an in droves to study and to extend the digs. They have established that these artifacts are associated with the Qin Dynasty (BC211-206).
Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum. They are replicas of what the imperial guard looked like.
The museum covers an area of 16,300 square metres, divided into 3 sections: No 1 Pit, No 2 Pit, and No 3 Pit respectively. They were tagged in the order of their discoveries. No 1 Pit is the largest, first opened to the public on China's National Day, 1979.
No 2 Pit, found in 1976, is 20m northeast of No 1 Pit. It contained over 1000 warriors and 90 wooden chariots. It was unveiled to the public in 1994. Archeologists came upon No 3 Pit also in 1976, 25m northwest of No 1 Pit. It looked like to be the command centre of the armed forces. It went on display in 1989, with 68 warriors, a war chariot and 4 horses.
Altogether over 7000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these pits.
There is also a 4D cinema, which although looking a little tired, is an interesting visit.
The Terracotta Warriors has put Xi'an on the map for tourists. It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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