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Written on: Friday November 9th, 2007

Datong! If you really want to see the hanging temple and the cave carved Buddhas then unfortunately you have to come to Datong to stay. The pollutiuon here is ridiculous. The sky is a permanent grey and you can even taste the carbon monoxide in the air. I swiftly developed a bad nasal reaction to this atmosphere which resulted in the greenest, thickest snot that has ever passed a man's nostrils. On top of this I also developed a heavy chesty cough, but this also might be due to my difficulty in refusing the numerous communal ciggies on offer from the friendly Chinese.

Finally, Datong has forced us to use the hole in the ground style toilets and perfect our "Crouch Crap" techniques which we managed to avoid in Beijing.