Yesterday I collected my passport with the new visa extension in Datong. I went to the train station and bought a ticket to Zhangjiakou. Then I walked around saying goodbye to people I have become friends with in Datong. I am really going to miss some of the people I became friends with in Datong. They have been my ‘family and friends’ for quite a while now.
The first thing I noticed in Zhangjiakou was that there was less pollution in the air. Perhaps because the winds have been favourable lately, or perhaps because there isn’t as much coal based industry here. The heaviest coal industry is between Shenmu in Shaanxi and Datong of Shanxi.
I will spend time tomorrow reflecting over Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote: Of two things you can be certain; death and taxes. I plan to focus on the taxes part tomorrow. The day after I plan to return to the Great Wall.