Pingyao Ancient Town

Around a days travel by train from Beijing (via Taiyuan, which I visited previously), Pingyao is a fantastically well preserved ancient walled town and well worth a visit. While the town is full of small sights and temples, actually the main attraction is just exploring and getting lost among its narrow streets. With that in … Continue reading Pingyao Ancient Town


Xi’an – Drum Tower

While it seems a little done up for the tourists, this Ming Dynasty Drum Tower was originally built in 1380. Over the centuries it has of course been extensively restored, but still maintains its historic architectural features. Traditionally, every Chinese walled city had a drum and bell tower. These helped to keen citizens aware of the time … Continue reading Xi’an – Drum Tower

Xi’an – Terracotta Army

One of the most famous sights in China, the Terracotta Army in Xi'an consists of thousands of terracotta figures which are over 2000 years old! They were buried to guard the tomb of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di, who is praised as the first emperor to truly unite the whole of … Continue reading Xi’an – Terracotta Army

Datong – Yungang Grottos

After a disappointing day yesterday at the Hanging Monastery, we were determined to make the most of the other main sight in Datong - the Yungang Grottos. The Yungang Grottos near Datong are one of the three most famous Buddhist temple grottoes in China and a UNESCO world heritage site. The area consists of 53 … Continue reading Datong – Yungang Grottos