Our second morning seemed to be dominated by temples. We wandered slightly of the beaten track but still within the old town's walls. Several of the alley ways in the previous post were taken during this stroll. We seemed to end up at a couple of temples. The first is one of the oldest Taoist temples in China and then the more famous, City God temple, which is the largest Confucian temple in China.
The second part of mini-break around the Shanxi was to travel the hour or so to Tiayuan to the Jinci temple complex. The complex dates from around the 6th Century, although it has been modified and adapted many times since then.
It is most famous for the Hall of the Holy Mother which, itself is over 1000 years old. This temple features amazing carved pillars. Each of the pillars to the front of the temple is encased by a carved serpent.
This is a small walled town mid-way between Beijing and Xi'an in Shanxi province. Within the walls pretty much every building is traditional 18th or 19th century design and provides a bit of a step back in time. We went on a photography trip during our recent half term break. We got the overnight train down from Tianjin. It was a close-run thing but we very nearly missed it. For once it wasn't even slightly any of our faults. With plenty of time to spare we got to the river... But the bridge was up! None of us even knew that the bridge went up!. Not to worry, it's coming down. A small delay, but not to worry. Then it stops and we wait.
We then realise it's not going to move and by now time is getting short. Jump on the underground, having just missed one train, leg it through the station, through security checks along the concourse (Obviously our train is at the far end!) and along the platform. Make it with about a minute to spare.
We wake up 12 hours after boarding the train with about 10 minutes to go before Pingyao, having drunk nothing on the train, at all. Job done! Time to explore.
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.