Day 14 Taiyuan - Beijing
Back to civilization! Ahem. That is, we have arrived in Beijing, after a 3 hour train ride from Taiyuan. (Have to say, traveling by air is much more convenient than train, and the airports have much better bathrooms too. :P)
But backing up... this morning, the first place we hit was the Erlang Temple. W00t! *Squee!* Yes, I was able to satisfy my inner fangirl. It's just too bad that practically all the religious sites/shrines/etc do not allow photography, so not much photos of the place. I did donate 2 RMB to the temple, though I didn't make a wish or bow or do the incense thing. Ah well, call me a modern material girl.
After that we dropped by the old county courthouse (衙门) of Pingyao. Looked at the different courts of the olden days. Got squicked by the various ancient torture implements. Laughed at the skit of an old style court in session that was presented twice a day. (Ok, I laughed with the rest of the Chinese speaking audience, then had to explain everything to the others.)
Lunch was quickly eaten at a local shop. That was the time that it started snowing. (I'd checked yesterday and the forecast had said no rain - I guess it was right, since snow isn't rain. -_-) The twins of course have never seen snow, and were excited to witness this miracle.
After lunch, we started on the long drive to Taiyuan and the train station. We still had time to make a small detour to 双林寺, but only stayed about 10 mins since we didn't want to miss the train, and also cuz the place had no photography signs pretty much everywhere.
Then came the long train ride and the arrival in Beijing in the early evening. We were picked up by our guide and driven to the hotel.
The hotel here charges 20 RMB/hr up to 100/day for the internet service, which may or may not be more than what I paid in Xi'an depending on how much time I spend on the net. I guess I'll have to compare at the end of our stay. -_0