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.
The Alhambra is one of Europe's most impressive buildings and, as such, is a touch busy. To regulate the flow of visitors you have to buy your tickets in advance and then get given a specific time slot on a specific day. Woe betide you if you miss your slot.
Not a problem... We knew all this and booked in advance to get the time slot we wanted. However, when we went to collect the tickets something had gone wrong and we had bought tickets for nearly a month later! Obviously, no tickets left for today. Not a happy camper! First job is to sell our tickets for the future back to the Alhambra.... Didn't cost us anything so a small plus.
There was one small silver lining. You could still book for the night-time slots. By the time we had gone round the Generaife (Which means overseer's garden in Arabic) we had bucked up at the thought of coming back later when it was fully dark.
I have to say it was excellent and in many ways better than going during the day time. Would like to do both in one day to compare and contrast.
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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.