Remember last year when I told you we were taking a 3AM train to Datong for the Tomb Sweeping Festival weekend? Well, I'm finally going to share some highlights!
We arrived in the morning, so we spent that first day just wandering around the city, with our friend Nemanja as our guide.
The air and skies were beautiful the whole time! Something to be grateful for, especially in China.
There were lots of statues, some scarier than others.
The detail everywhere was breathtaking!
After climbing a couple sets of steep stairs, I opted to go back down and enjoy the sun while everyone else went to the very top. (Heights are not my friend.)
Again, all the details! Wow!
Another scary statue. But the detail!
Contrary to what this photo would have you believe, we were less than impressed by the Nine-Dragon Wall.
Not the first time people have asked to have their photo taken with us.
I also skipped climbing this wall, and ended up missing a nice view and a dragon made of plates. But I made friends with some little kids using my limited Chinese!
I admired his work...
...and he gave me a chance.
Street food! (Pro tip: You should always try street food. Really, most of it is delicious!)
See? Delicious! (We went back for more later.)
The morning of the second day, we went to the Hanging Monastery. As you can see, it was only a little crowded ;) (Nemanja's aunt snuck to the front of the line to get our tickets.)
Spoiler alert: Despite my fear of heights, I went through the whole thing. And I cried. But people were pushing! And the sides only went up to maybe mid-thigh. It was scary!
Yah... this is on (in?) the monastery and it's really high and really crowded. This was probably the last time I smiled until I was back on the ground.
Only a little high...
In the afternoon, we went to the Yungang Grottoes.
The details here were incredible, too!
The statues were huge!
Candy art! (Dude's got skills.)
We left around 9 or 10PM the night of the second day.
Overall, the trip was a success! And writing this post makes me want to take more weekend trips to other parts of China. Two places I really want to go: Xian and Harbin.
P.S. Highlights from Shanghai.