I'd been really looking forward to visiting Wutai Shan for a few weeks now. All the travel guides had said how amazing the mountain ranges near by were too hike, not too mention the vast number of temples and Buddhist shrines the region has to offer! We woke in the morning to the sound… Continue reading Wutai Shan – horrific weather and lunch with monks
After popping over to Inner Mongolia, to visit the town of Hohhot, we were back in mainland China, making our way to the mountain town of Wutai Shan for a spot of hiking and temple visits. Quick morning mongolian workout I set myself a challenge at the start of our trip (back in July) to… Continue reading Making our way to Wutai Shan: Not off to a great start (moan warning…)
Our first full day in Hohhot got off to a great start! We bought coffee from the Dico's next door to our hotel and headed across the road to the market stalls to buy a sweet bread roll each for breakfast. Breakfast was to be eaten 'on the run' this morning because we planned to… Continue reading Hohhot, sweet Hohhot…. Our first real day in Inner Mongolia
On Monday morning we boarded the train to the ex-Mongol capital of Hohhot, now Inner Mongolia. We hadn't planned to visit Mongolia on this trip but after reading about it in our Lonely Planet guide we realised that we were too close to not at least visit for a few days. Due to time and… Continue reading We made it to Inner Mongolia!
We hadn't noticed much pollution on our travels through China so far but it seems like it was all waiting for us in Datong... The simple luxuries in life: a 7 hour soft sleeper It's crazy how excited we were to be having a soft sleeper for our overnight journey to Datong. The 16 hour… Continue reading Datong: Soft sleeper, the Nine Dragon Mural and a chocolate focused river trek
We spent three days in the old town of Pingyao over the national holiday period celebrating the end of World War Two. The sites of Pingyao Although there are a few big sites in Pingyao, the streets and market stalls draw the most appeal. The streets are a little confusing to navigate once you leave… Continue reading Pingyao: Cupping, the underground castle and wild dogs
By Tuesday morning we were both feeling a bit more human! We were able to keep down most of our food from dinner the night before (a bowl of rice and some vegetables) and breakfast this morning (a plain white dumping and a banana) so we booked our train to Taiyuan to leave in the… Continue reading Finally feeling human again (we’ve made it Pingyao)