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Yamen Hostel Courtyard

Not such an easy place to get to. Actually that is not quite correct. It just requires a change from the train to a bus.  Since a number of us foreigners were leaving Datong on the same train we decided to group together. A little hard when we were all in different carriages! Anyway, a hard sleeper from Datong. Leaving at 2230 at night and arriving at 6am or so in a town called Taiyuan. From the train station we got taxis to the bus station but of course we couldn't buy our bus tickets until 30minutes or so before the bus went. And the bus didn't go for an hour and a half. I was feeling really quite miserable. I was running a temperature and sitting in an non-air conditioned stuffy bus-station even early in the morning was not nice. I was glad I was with a group of others who were going to the same place as I could let them do most of the figuring out how to get there and I could follow like a sheep.

Yamen Hostel Courtyard
Anyway, we managed to get our tickets and get on the bus for 4 hour drive to Pingyao. Eventually the bus driver just stopped in what seemed like a random street and indicated to us foreigners that we should get off the bus. Considering we were expecting a bus station we were alittle confused. Anyhow, off we get and stand around looking blank. Of course there are some electric buses waiting, so some of us get in and try to tell the driver were we want to go. We drive off. We reach some alleyways were the bus can't go any further. We get off and start walking. Very very strange. Gradually though, we find our separate accomodation.

Luckily for me my hostel has overbooked and doesn't have a dorm bed available. So they give me a double room at the same price.

Yamen Hostel Bedroom
Ahhhh. Huge bed (ok maybe not if there were 2 of you), that I can spread out on. It is a wall-to-wall mattress, with light quilts. Very comfortable. Very happy with this! There's a shower and toilet in the room so even better. Since this bloody cold is getting quite bad, I get a nice cool shower and then curl up and sleep. Not up to doing much.

The hostel is called the Yamen Hostel and I would well recommend it. In the old town near one of the towers. Old-style courtyard building on one level. The staff is helpful,friendly and speak good english. There is a little cafe in it that you can get some nice food. 

I manage the next day to go for a walk around the old town and take the required photos. It is a very pretty old town, so many photos. It takes only a couple of hours to see it all and during that time I manage to get a massage.  The massage-person (can't spell the correct word) told me I had a temperature of 38C and gave me a cup of hot water to help. That was kind of him.

Anyway, went back to the hostel to rest up some more. Wasn't expecting to get such a bad cold!

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Yamen Hostel Courtyard
Yamen Hostel Courtyard
Yamen Hostel Courtyard
Yamen Hostel Courtyard
Yamen Hostel Bedroom
Yamen Hostel Bedroom
Yamen Hostel Courtyard
Yamen Hostel Courtyard
Yamen Hostel Bedroom Door
Yamen Hostel Bedroom Door
Yamen Hostel
Yamen Hostel
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Me In The Old Town Pingyao
Me In The Old Town Pingyao
Phew, Its humid...
Phew, It's humid...
Cool Carving
Cool Carving
At the Old Town New Gates...
At the Old Town New Gates...
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Shop
Shop
Fruit
Fruit
Somewhere in Old Town Pingyao
Somewhere in Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Bicycles in Old Town Pingyao
Bicycles in Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Old Town Pingyao
Me (feeling quite ill)
Me (feeling quite ill)
Tires..
Tires..
Novelty For The Tourists
Novelty For The Tourists
Me
Me
See, Definitely Looking Ill!
See, Definitely Looking Ill!
Busy Busy Busy
Busy Busy Busy
Rushhour in Old Town Pingyao?
Rushhour in Old Town Pingyao?
Missed The Joke I Think
Missed The Joke I Think
Fooo!
Fooo!
Pingyao
photo by: halilee