Last Full Day in Hohhot

Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
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Flag of China  , Inner Mongolia,
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Our last full day in Hohhot.  We had a schedule worked out yesterday but while jogging in the morning I came across a pretty interesting park so that's where we went first.

 



There were all sorts of things going on.  Women doing some sort of group dancing with fans, kung fu training, choir, blokes playing erhu.



These are masters...






I particularly like the blokes doing calligraphy with water.  The standard of calligraphy is amazing.  Particularly the one doing the so called grass writing.  He wrote out a poem that I'd just written in normal characters and I had no idea that what he wrote was the same I what I'd written. I suspect it's a lost art.



Here's my effort...  not that good unfortunately.  I should have paid more attention to how they were holding the brush.  (I'm not sure how the text will wrap around so I should point out that none of the close-ups are of my brushwork...)



It turns out that Nora's a sucker for $1.50 dvd's just as much as I am so that was another couple of hours wasted. 



I suppose tying a bit of string onto a bird's leg is better than cutting their wings...?



They weren't too happy with my choice of restaurant for lunch but they did sell dumplings by the kilogram.  I had no idea how many we'd get..  This was just one of the two plates that turned up.  Five dollars for the kilo.  Pretty good value.  In fact the whole kilo... two of these plates... probably cost less than three individual dumplings in Hobart.
 

 
Back at the temple from yesterday, we had a look around the surrounding streets.  They were indeed all in the appropriate style.  And in a lot better nick than the Forbidden City but all the shops were just selling most of the same stuff... souvenirs and antiques.  In fact it's more classy than the Forbidden City as no-one tried to sell us a watch with a waving Chairman Mao on it...



We had our first rain of the trip just as we were leaving the temple area.  It gave me a chance to chat with this security guard. 



Our first taste of mare's milk vodka.  Superb packaging.  The alcohol's about 40% and does seem to have a milky after-taste.



Another long day, as you can see.

 







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Jenny on

Thanks again Robert - appreciating your effort.

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