Monday, 10 August 2015

Asian Adventure - Pingyao Ancient City Day 2

We didn't sleep all that well, which was probably due to the hard bed which was just a wooden platform with a thin, hard wadding on top. Breakfast was served at 8am, and we had some sort of vegetable pancake, eggs, a lot of toast, and tea and coffee. 

Our guide arrived at 9am and we first visited the Banking Museum. In ancient times Pingyao had a lot of banks and was very rich. 

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Next was the Lacquer Museum, where some pieces were also being created. 

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Then the shop of a famous paper cutting artist, before visiting the ConfucianTemple...

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 and the Taoist Temple.

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We then went to a tea shop, and bought some very expensive tea, after having samples of Jasmine, and Oolong and Ginseng. 

At the lunch Restaurant we had a Broccoli and garlic dish, and Pingyao beef with what looked like French Fries. 

As it was pretty hot, we went back to the hotel for a rest in the air-conditioning. When it cooled down a little went for another walk around. There were some very interesting things on sale on the street stalls, and one moment there would be a nice smell, followed just after by a stench. We were not prepared to risk trying anything, even the moon cakes or sweets. 

Back at our hotel we had the rest of our bottle of wine, and a quick Skype with Shane, Jess & Skyla as we were chatting to our hostess.

Some amusing menu items we came across (didn't try any of them!):

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