Travel: Journey to the Shanxis

Written by Julen Madariaga on April 29th, 2009

Some pictures of my recent travels in Shanxi & Shanxi. As with past editions, 5 words per picture.

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The Shanxis have solid history

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There are some alarming Gods

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And alarming fire fighting equipment

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Guanyu deserved better than polystyrene

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The council should buy benches

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The way of The Way

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is a rather steep Way

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No, I kid you not

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Stairs are out of spec

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Instant Noodles for the climbers

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Those that don’t get disneyfied

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An authentic Ming Dinasty Mandarin

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Apprentice of authentic Ming mandarin

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WMDs detected in Yuncheng fair

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Some love the green leaves


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  1. May
    3
    1:34
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    Cat

    I like the rooftop shot. Which city is that? Thanks.

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  2. May
    3
    1:40
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    uln

    It’s Pingyao, in Shanxi. The mountains are Huashan, in the other Shanxi.

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  3. May
    3
    6:02
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    chriswaugh_bj

    The other Shanxi would be Shaanxi- two a’s as an official exception to the regular rules to save confusion.

    Ah, Yuncheng. Didn’t get to spend enough time there, but Yuncheng and Linfen could keep me happily occupied for far more than the one working weekend I spent in the area. Awesome places.

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  4. May
    4
    4:38
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    uln

    Hi Chris, thanks for the clarification.

    I am aware of the pinyin exception for Shaanxi, it comes in handy you don’t have the characters. But this gets many non chinese speakers confused, as they think it is read sha-an-xi. So I chose to add to the confusion and use the single-a pinyin spelling (often seen written in China!)

    Re: Linfen: I was scared to go after recently reviewing a book that speaks of the unbearable levels of pollution there. Perhaps we were really lucky, but the day we were there the sky was blue and we couldn’t detect any particular smell. The air felt cleaner than Shanghai’s.

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  5. May
    7
    10:32
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    胡让之

    “solidified history” comes from a Chinese cliche: architecture is solidified history.

    Shanxi has the largest amount of remains of ancient buildings in China. Guess the photo you took must be near some old buildings… many of which are protected to be disneylandized. …

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