Sep 14, 2006
??? ??, 2007
It's annoying how you can lose a day to poor planning, but we learned a lesson today - at least establish that suitable accommodation exists in the places we intend visiting!
The girls went off to Luoyang today and we were left at the hostel with instructions to book accomodation from our next destination Dengfeng. The only problem was there is only one hotel in Dengfeng and we didn't fancy paying the 50 US Dollars per night per person quoted on the web. Steve and I scratched our heads all morning over this - we wanted to stay in Dengfeng as the Shaolin Temple was not far away and we couldn't stay near the temple as accommodation there was scant too. By 2pm we'd dodged the issue enough and we came up with the decision to stay in Luoyang and base our trip to the Shaolin Temple from here, going on to Kaifeng tomorrow night. Sorted. The only thing to do was tell the girls who were still at Longmen Grottoes and were not very fond of Luoyang! When they had left in the morning we told them we'd meet them in Dengfeng (the place we were supposed to get accommodation for). At 5pm I was fed up with hanging around the hostel so I took off to find a bookstore that sold some English language books, we called the girls and told them to check back into the Luoyang hostel.