And now, time for a bit of culture
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This morning's project was to get to the Mogao caves. This is a collection of hundreds of caves containing ancient artworks. Their discovery seems to have been the Chinese equivalent of discovering Tutankhamun's tomb. The caves open to the public, are rotated, to preserve them...only 20 of the hundreds being open at any one time. And they really are astonishing. I'd been to some Buddhist art work caves in Sri Lanka, so I'd not been sure about doing it again - but this was so many times bigger and better. one of the caves had a huge seated Buddha figure in. Just his foot, from sole to top, was bigger than me. It was just jaw-droppingly good. Another giant, prone Buddha had loads of statue people behind. Each one was twice life size, and different from the others.
I wandered round the indoor food court before choosing my deckchair this evening. Each of the stalls there has a speciality, and a big sign above the door saying what they do. The sign writer needs a bit of help...and awful lot of them specialised in specific types of 'noddles'. More disturbingly, no fewer than three specialised in 'Fried Sheep's Entrails'. I resisted the temptation easily, and took my chair at my favourite chilli barbecue stall outside.