Datong and surrounding country
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I get to the train station in the early morning. My CTS guide is waiting for me. This is the first time I've ever used CTS. All my previous travel has been completely independent. In a way, this is much easier. I want to see three things today: The Yunggan Caves, the Hanging Monastery, and the thousand year old Muta Pogoda, one of the oldest wooden structures in existence. My driver wisks me to all three. By late afternoon, after I finally bothered to engage him in conversation, he marvels at my Chinese. It's not so great any more, but I enjoy the compliments, and get a lot of information about the area that I ever cared to know. He's one of the many "horn drivers" who leans on the thing for every little maneuver of the car. In the Hanging Garden parking lot we incur the verbal wrath of some British tourists.
The next morning, I take the train back to Beijing, passing by a long stretch of the Great Wall. Unfortunately, I left a paper kite on the train that I had bought in Beijing. 'Bu Suan' as they would say.