Still In Pingyao

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This is the sixth day of our fourteen-day adventure. Thank you for taking time to read.

The Next Day

We attempted to walk on top of the city wall. It was a looong walk, even more difficult because it was around 4-8 degrees that day, and there was no available toilet on top. April 21, 20152015-04-21 12.10.57 April 21, 20152015-04-21 12.10.59-2 April 21, 20152015-04-21 12.11.03

Evidence number two: girls giggling after staring at Fil for a long time.

Evidence number two: girls giggling after staring at Fil for a long time.

IMG_2163 We had a slight mishap when we got down from the wall – we split in two groups and couldn’t find each other til much later. When we did find each other, not all of us could enter the next temple. Earlier, Dalvin and I used the restroom inside Confucian Temple (文庙), only to find out afterwards that we couldn’t go back in once the ticket had been scanned. When no one was around, I squeezed through the entrance, but Dalvin didn’t make it.  So he waited outside while the three of us quickly toured the site. Too bad, because Dalvin was the one who researched about all the sites within Pingyao Ancient City.

This was a Ming Dynasty examination paper with the highest score for that year. It was the only one remaining from the 1,300 year of Confucian Imperial Examination.

This was a Ming Dynasty examination paper with the highest score for that year. It was the only one remaining from the 1,300 year of Confucian Imperial Examination.

George and I, as model students

George and I, as model students. (and thanks Auntie Elisa for lending me your mittens).

Reward We rewarded ourselves with a good meal afterwards, no holds barred. We ate at Chummy Coffee (茶语咖啡) This lunch alone cost us cny478 (php3380), our most expensive meal in the entire trip. IMG_2266

Really yummy cakes!

Really yummy cakes!

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Group picture with the friendly owners of the coffee shop

Group picture with the friendly owners of the coffee shop

The three men went ahead to tour the Temple of the City God (城隍庙), and I stayed behind to rest some more. Rushing to finish important sites We then decided to finish other important sites inside Pingyao Ancient City Wall: The Museum of the First Armed Escort in North China (中国镖局博物馆), Rishengchang Draft Bank (日升昌), and the Pingyao County Government Office (衙门). There were other nice sites to visit inside the walled city, but we just didn’t have the time.

One of the methods for torture, displayed at the Pingyao County Government Museum

One of the methods for torture, displayed at the Pingyao County Government Museum

They also used the cross, not so different with the Romans

They also used the cross, not so different with the Romans

This sign reminded me of our school disciplinarian, Mr. Asis :)

This sign reminded me of our school disciplinarian, Mr. Asis 🙂

Peach blossom tree

Peach blossom tree!

Inside their prison cell

Inside their prison cell

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In front of Rishengchang Draft Bank. It was said that Chinese bankers were kept honest by making them pledge to surrender their families as slaves if they commited fraud.

The First Museum of Armed Escort in North China was the first to offer security and bodyguard service. It was manned by trained Kung Fu experts who protected the mail services and transport of goods.

The Museum of the First Armed Escort in North China was the first to offer security and bodyguard service. It was manned by trained Kung Fu experts who protected the mail services and transport of goods.

Emergency place to place your treasure

Emergency place to place your treasure

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Training the bow and arrows

Training with bow and arrows

After a quick snack, we needed to rush back to the hotel to get our things and go to the pingyao gucheng (平遥古城) terminal. Ironically, this brand new terminal is 25 minutes away from the ancient city so we hired Mr. Zhang once again to bring us all there.

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Warm Soy Milk and Chinese Pancake

This was their 715pm,  mid-April

This was their 7:15pm, mid-April

Not an overnight train Our next journey was to Xian, and there was no sleeper train available from Pingyao. We booked a high speed train instead, bringing us to our next destination in two hours and forty minutes.

Another blurry group shot taken in front of another train station

Another blurry group shot taken in front of another train station

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Boarding announcements on the board 😀

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New and clean waiting area

People in

No one pushing us while waiting for our train to arrive.

This was only the second class seats, and it was quite comfortable.

These were only second class seats, and they were quite comfortable.

We have our own table!

We had mini tables

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Train #D2515

We arrived at Xian 10:40 in the evening, and there were many hawkers in the train station, offering to bring us to our destination of choice. Though we didn’t know where to go exactly, we simply followed the signs to get to the taxi stand, where tons of cabs were easily available. We had to split our group in two. Fil and I spent 42cny to go to our hotel, roughly 20 to 25 minutes, but Dalvin and George paid cny70 for theirs (scenic route). April 21, 20152015-04-21 12.13.06 April 21, 20152015-04-21 12.13.25 The men went out to eat, while I stayed behind, excited about our next adventure tomorrow.

To read about our next adventure, click here.

To read about our entire travel itinerary, click here.

For our previous day in Pingyao, click here.

Our next adventure story coming soon!

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