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Shanxi

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  • Day26

    Auch der heutige Tag gehört definitiv zu einem Tag, den man nie vergessen wird. Eine sechsstündige Zugfahrt in China! Man kommt zwei Stunden vor Abfahrt in eine riesige Wartehalle. Wir hatten keine Ahnung wie es funktioniert und wie wir zu unserem Zug kommen. Bis jetzt haben wir die Chinesen nicht als wirklich hilfsbereit empfunden, was auch nochmals bestätigt wurde. Englisch spricht fast niemand und wenn, dann wollen sie nicht wirklich helfen und sind genervt. Irgendwie haben wir es dann doch in Zug geschafft. Eigentlich würde man da schlafen, da es nur Liegen hat. Da die Lacken und Kissen wahrscheinlich vor uns schon 1000mal gebraucht wurden und dementsprechend dreckig waren, haben wir uns fürs Sitzen entschieden. Auch konnten wir uns nicht einigen, ob es nach Rauch oder Urin riecht. Eine brisante Mischung war es auf jeden Fall🤮.Zum Schluss noch was Positives: der Zug fuhr pünktlich los🤗

    Anscheinend sind in China viele Internetseiten gesperrt😱. Whatsapp, Facebook, Google funktioniert alles nicht😫. Mail und der Blog funktionieren👍
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  • Day27

    Tag 26 Datong

    May 6 in China

    Datong ist bekannt für den hängenden Tempel, welchen wir heute früh besuchten. Der Tempel ist 40m über Boden. Das Geländer ist 60cm hoch. Da wird einem schon einwenig mulmig, wenn man da runterschaut. Diesem Bauwerk (1500 Jahr alt) zu vertrauen war nicht ganz so einfach😉. Es hat zum Glück standgehalten und wir sind nun bereit, morgen nochmals eine tolle Zugfahrt von sieben Stunden auf uns zu nehmen. Juhuiii😂. Damit wir morgen was zu Essen haben, waren wir noch einkaufen. Wir konnten uns bei der farbenvielfalt der Eier nicht einigen und haben uns nun dagegen entschieden. Ist wahrscheinlich die Beste Wahl😉.Read more

  • Day28

    Der heutige Tag ist ganz dem Zugfahren gewidmet. Wir waren uns ja bereits von der Ersten Zugfahrt einiges gewohnt, aber diese Fahrt hat unsere Erwartungen nochmals übertroffen🙈. Auch wenn wir es nicht für möglich gehalten haben, war es nochmals hässlicher. Die Betten waren alle schon von unseren Vorgänger gebraucht und unsere Plätze waren im ganzen Zug verteilt. Uns blieb nichts anderes übrig als eine Pritsche zu Dritt zu nutzen. Patrik hat sich dann für einen komfortablen Fenstersitz entschieden. Als dann noch unsere Bettnachbarin angefangen hat, irgendwelche Riesencrevetten zu sezieren war unsere Stimmung auf dem Nullpunkt. Der Toilettengang ist eine Mutprobe und man muss ziemlich geübt sein im Luftanhalten. Man gewöhnt sich irgendwie trotzdem an alles und wir hatten mit viel Humor, lustige sechs Stunden Zugfahrt hinter uns gebracht und sind nun happy, dass es durch ist😀.
    Für Levin war es ein Traum. Er hat Holländerjungs kennengelernt und die sechs Stunden mit gleichaltrigen Jungs ganz fest genossen. Kind glücklich - Eltern glücklich.
    Als wir die schöne Altstadt in Pingyao sahen, haben wir uns wieder mit China versöhnt🤗.
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  • Day26

    27 Tag Datong Pingyao

    May 7 in China

    Heute war ein wunderbarer Tag (für mich). Wir waren wieder in so einem Schmudelzug und da trafen wir eine Holländisch Familie mit zwei Jungen und einem Mädchen. Wir verstanden uns wunderbar. Das Mädchen ist nicht auf dem Foto, weil die Jungen davor etwas gesagt haben und das Mädchen weggegangen ist (sie sagten es auf Holländisch) Sie vertrugen sich nachher wieder und alle waren froh, dass wir sogar im gleichen Hotel sind. Und am Abend spazierten wir noch durch das Städtchen.

    #Freunde
    #Städtchen
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  • Day24

    25 Tag Peking/Datong

    May 5 in China

    Eine Zugfahrt in China - das kann ja heiter werden, dachten wir uns. Und genau das wurde es auch. Man hat fast keinen Platz und für 6 Personen gibt es zwei Stühle und sechs Betten. Heute gibt es wirklich nichts zu erzählen, ausser es interessiert euch wie wir Zug fahren.

    #Zugfahrt

  • Day25

    26 Tag Datong

    May 6 in China

    Heute sahen wir den hängenden Tempel. Er war sehr eindrücklich und auch sehr klug gebaut (das werde ich in einem anderen Blog erzählen, weil es vieleicht nicht alle interessiert). Und danach ging es in so Höhlen wo Buddhas drin sind (werde ich auch im anderen Blog darüber schreiben.

    #Tempel
    #Buddhas

  • Day64

    Lucky Leyla

    July 16 in China

    Today is our lovely Layla’s birthday so we celebrated with a cream cleavage cake. Only the best of cakes for the best of trucks!! Made by our multitalented guide, LJ! Yummy yummy. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the tits!

    Text by Prim (Jane)
    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

  • Day5

    Pingyao

    November 8, 2017 in China

    Arrival is deceptive, the bullet train deposited us at an anonymous new station and we met our new guide and Mr Yang the driver. It immediately felt different; in Beijing sleek modern Volkswagen driven by our expert driver who glided through the chaos of the city traffic. Mr Yang's car was a battered people carrier with the back row of seats weighed down by a vast gas canister, our bags got tucked in round it and it didnt move. Th car too had slightly fraying seat covers and a golden plastic Mao on the dash. The traffic here is less chaotic more plain batshit, but very friendly none of the temper and cursing that would result at home from the sorts of manoeuvres that are standard here. As we came off the practically deserted new highway we were in an area of apparently fairly new but already tired looking shops and apartments. Pingyao outside the walls is a boom town loads of new blocks of flats going up and according to our guide most people want to live outside the walls. Only the elderly who like to look at the tourists like living inside the walls. Pingyao county has a population of 500,000 and they seem to be heading for the city, although currently only about 40,000 live there. A sudden stop to avoid a vehicle that had moved into our lane but coming towards us...this was avoiding a funeral. Trucks and people carrying glittery decorations, a small truck with a painted coffin and an extended golf cart with some additional mourners - the coop could learn something - it certainly didnt seem very solemn. Mr Yang drove through a large set of gates (only locals can do this and even then they are restricted) and threaded the large car down tiny alleys to our hotel. Within the walls the city a mix of Ming and Qing architecture and the oldest part of the walls - the clay core, dates back 3000 years. our hotel is a hutong; a courtyarded building. It is completely lovely to look at a brick and wooden structure and our room is one of or 8 around a courtyard, there are a number of other courtyards so I suspect the place is larger than it appears. Snag one I cant connect to the internet - I have wifi but there is some sort of DHCP issue that stops it authenticating on my phone - the tablet is fine however. Having issued us with a map our guide left us to it and we set off for a wander. Snag 1 - the map only has english names for 4 streets. Those four streets are not named in the city, lots of other named streets but they are in chinese on our map. however we wandered happily past lots of tourist aimed shops as well as ordinary shops, historic buildings and tiny alleys that led into the unknown. We are the only western faces here as far as we can tell - on the streets the crowds were all chinese and we have been thoroughly stared at by the elderly locals who are (and it is such a terrible cliche) inscrutable - a smile, a wave, a nihao get no response.... However in a phenomenon I havent experienced since my last visit to Hong Kong we did get collared by three sets of students doing surveys...all spoke impeccable English, one set insisted on photographing us to prove we were real, one lot videoed the whole thing and the last ones were most ecstatic to find us but didn't insist on verification. After this we needed snacks - so Portuguese custard tart for dad and a black sesame & custard dipped slice of white bread for me (not what I expected but nice).
    We eventually navigated back to the hotel for Dad's power nap - this is when we discovered the weakness of the mapping - still we got back eventually. Dad napped and I swore at the phone trying to sort the internet issue. At last we decided we needed food - our guide had helpfully given suggestions and there was one other recommendation (People dont com to Pingyao for the food!) but sadly we couldn't find one of them, one was empty - so despite the recommendation it was rejected and the last we didnt fancy - chicken with mushy shrimp, or a selection of duck tongues were the high points so we decided we would scoot back to our hotel - apparently most people eat at their hotels here. So we got lost again, but by now it was dark, and we were hungry /hangry - no lunch we were on the train and we could see that places were closing down for the night.......very stressy. when we finally stumbled in the staff were not thrilled to see us but they sorted some food and a much needed beer for us. Fortified we went back out for another wander around and managed not to get lost. At 10:30 we returned to our overheated hotel room - no aircon lots of heating- again - I have been too hot to sleep now for three nights...at which point the bathroom plumbing started to play up - it is ok now but we might need a man with plunger in the morning - too exhausted to worry about it now though.
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  • Day4

    View from a window .

    November 7, 2017 in China

    We've by on the train for about 2 hrs now. After the first 150 or so km the air quality improved dramatically and we could see across the plains of fields to tower blocks and distant towns. We had a long pause at one station and after that mountains appeared. For a few minutes we passed extensive quarrying works; entire mountains being chewed up. For the last 15 minutes we have been in a tunnel, at 200km/hr (the speed has dropped in here) that is a long tunnel. I suspect that the scenery we can see from the windows is the scrubby mountains we saw from the air. Some dramatic valleys and rivers appear occasionally but mostly it seems to be just hills/mountains and the odd sign of human lives.
    Meanwhile the overhead screen shows a variety of information.... All about how the trains and tracks are built. Some tourist type info. Some adverts. How to exercise in your seat. How jade ornaments are produced and of course some behavioural and political messages.
    Travelling more slowly now less than 200km /hr and arriving in a huge industrial city, factories, cooling towers, cement works (for all the stone from those quarried hills) and lots of identical new tower blocks and lower level apartment buildings.
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  • Day5

    Morning in Pingyao

    November 8, 2017 in China

    As the hotel is quiet we locked our outer door and left the inner door ajar... So a bit coolerlast night - hurrah. It is another clear sunny day and the Chinese music sound track is playing around the hotel courtyards. Breakfast was very interesting - undiluted orange cordial (with extra sugar if you needed it) no water anywhere, otherwise black tea and hot milk or coffee. A mix of European and Chinese dishes, the European included a sweetish spam like substance. Even the white bread was sweetened. Salted roasted peanuts were good though. Looking forward to seeing inside more of these courtyards and buildings today along with a walk around the walls.Read more

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Shanxi Sheng, Shanxi, Province de Shanxi, 山西

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