This is the sixth day of our fourteen-day adventure. Thank you for taking time to read.
The Next Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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). The men went out to eat, while I stayed behind, excited about our next adventure tomorrow.
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