Pingyao it up...
Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
9Trip End Apr 14, 2006
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The general gist of Pingyao is this: really old city; fromer centre of the Chinese banking industry; the monly fully intact city wall in all China; small and quaint.
The city boasts about 30 museums featuring the architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties
The other fantastic thing about Pingyao has been the people. One of the girls that works at the hostel where I'm staying asked me to help her choose an English name (this seems quite common - other people that work at the hostel are Ed, Jason and Andy). Her chinese name is Ling. So what english name did I choose for her? Lyn. Genius. Brilliant. And she seemed so excited by this...
And so, to the Top 5. The topic for Pingyao is 'Top 5 weird things about Pingyao':
1. Pet Monkeys - they love them. I must have seen at least 10 dudes just hanging out with their version of mini-me on the street. The monkeys love it.
2. Fingerprint ID - state of the art fingerprint ID required to enter each of the 30 or so average museums. Why?
4. Kenny G - they love him. Must be the only place in the world (except occasionally at one of our reli bashes) where they still play it. Is Kenny G still alive?
5. Golf Buggy taxis - there are virtually no cars in town so all taxi services are done by Golf Buggy. Unfortunately, when travelling from the train station, there isn't much room to put your luggage after the clubs have been stowed in the back.
Off to Xi'an tonight.