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The Largest Glazed Nine Dragon Screen in China

The largest glazed Nine Dragon Screen in China is found in Datong. It is the oldest one in China. It’s one of the four screens that are found in the country. Two are in Beijing (Beihai Park and Forbidden City) and one in Pingyao. As you all know, though mythical, dragons

China Best Travel Photos – Part 1

My first trip abroad was in late 2002. My first destination was Beijing, China. Back then, Beijing was a bit of a chaos. It was The China in my mind: Chinese courtyard houses were still everywhere, waiting to be discovered; the morning rush hours meant people go to work in

Yungang Caves in Datong

I woke up at 6 in the morning and took a shower in an undescribable bathroom of our shabby hotel in Datong. Then, I woke up everybody by knocking their doors loud. Yeah, someone guessed that I would wake them up so there’s no need for them to set the alarm

The Hanging Monastery in Datong

Right after spending two hours at Yunggang Cave, our group headed off to the next destination: The Hanging Monastery which is about two hours travel by the CITS mini-bus. We left at 11:30 a.m. with our stomach asking, “When and where are we gonna eat?” But before the question was

Yungang Grottoes in Datong

Right after we exited the train station in Datong at 6:30 a.m., my student, Michael, and I looked for the CITS Travel Agency Office so we could book the two trips / destinations we wanna go and see: the Yungang Grottoes and the Hanging Monasteries. The two are the must-see