Day 08: Datong Monuments

After an (extremely uncomfortable) sleeper train from Beijing to Datong, we arrived at a city which is currently under the process of re-constructing it’s ancient town within the newly built city walls. Other than that, we visited the Yungang Grottoes, a series of statues and spaces carved out of a mountain face by Buddhist monks starting from the 400AD and its surrounding temple complex, and a portion of the Great Wall which has been left largely unattended, with the villages close by who to this day take bricks from it to construct their own buildings.

An unexpected highlight was the Zhaojiayao water reservoir which our driver for the day took us, where we met locals from the area who often come to spend the weekends, and despite signage banning recreational activities, but has been repurposed by locals as a place for fishing, swimming, barbecues, etc, who were nice enough to invite us to join them for lunch!

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