We stayed two days in Wutaishan (visited the Hengshan Hanging Monastery as well as dozens of other temples) and now two days in Pingyao, China’s former financial capital, and the oldest still-preserved city (more temples, China’s oldest bank, and zillions of tourists and little tourist trap shops).

Arrived in Xi’an by plane a few hours ago, where we’re staying in the New World Hotel, easily the best on this trip so far, and making up for a rather uncomfortable hotel in Pingyao. There are two busy days ahead, visiting the terracotta warriors.