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Rebuilding the old in Datong

I don’t have a good impression of Datong. I found it to have a slightly sullen, seedy air. It felt depressing, chaotic and grimy. There was a layer of dust on everything. And the reason for that soon became clear … Continue reading

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Yungang Grottoes: Home of the Buddhas big and small

I have mixed feelings about this place. On the one hand, the thousands of Buddhas (51,000 to be exact) huge and tiny, carved from the sandstone hills leave me slack-jawed with awe. The thought that these have withstood the ravages … Continue reading

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Finding Mr Gao and CITS Datong

The day’s plan hinged on me finding the Datong CITS office. We only have a day in Datong and wanted to do as most people do – see the key sights and take the night train out. In my research, … Continue reading

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