18.08.2008 - 18.08.2008 26 °C
While we have access to the internet thought I'd update you all again.
Today we headed off to the Hanging Monastery in the morning. Built originally 100 metres off the ground, but is now only 50m due to the build up of silt from the river. It was built to try and stop the flooding (I think the Dam round the corner solved that) and I guess is fairly impressive as it is clinging to the edge of the cliff, but I have seen a lot of temples in the last few days and am templed out.
Then after lunch headed back to Datong (the caves are 65km south of here) to go to the Yungang caves. The caves were carved into the rock each containing several buddhas, the really impressive one was 14m high, but you couldn't take pictures of it so heres us with another one:
The outside of the caves
And inside on of the other caves
All in all two good days in Datong, but that is more than enough time as there is little else to do. So we now have bus tickets and will be heading to Beijing tomorrow. That marks the end of sorting travel out for ourselves as we then are getting the train to moscow organised by Russia Experience. Travel through China has been a lot easier than I expected. The Lonely Planet scared us a little saying it would be hard to get train tickets and even harder to do it yourself at the station but we seem to have coped well (or been really lucky) as we have got the trains or buses we wanted. The people have been really friendly and helpful and even the cows gut was ok. Hope Beijing and our homestay is ok, but think we'll have to go jumper shopping as Its getting colder and I guess Russia and Mongolia will be colder (good excuse to buy an olympic jumper or two if they have any left).
Right will stop blabbering and go get some food. Will try and find a union jack to wave at the hockey finals so you can spot me.