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A handful of remarks about cycling Korea: First of all: Do it. The East cost in particular is a good place to do it – 90% of the route is flat, the cycling track (called Romantic Road of Korea) runs from the very North to the very South (except for the spots where it disappears – from the way it looks on roadside maps it will probably be made soon). There is plenty of expected and unexpected attractions on the way, you should plan many stops. Second (and this applies to traveling in South Korea in general, not just by bike): Koreans are supernice and uberhelpful. They might sometimes seem a little lost and unable to act without using their smartphone but they will never ever leave you with your problem unsolved. If they don’t know the answer to your question, they will ask their smartphone. Or a friend. Or they will call their mom. And if the mom doesn;t…

It so happened that I paid a short visit here. Located in northern China, Shanxi province, Datong shows you what modern China is about. Imagine a medium sized city („medium” as understood in China) where the whole central part is under construction – excavators cranes and other machines work day and night in front of the windows of citizens who never complain. And the goal of it all is not constructing new skyscrapers – that would be too obvious. They’re making all the mess to destroy the dwelling boroughs and replace them with new „old town” with its „ancient” city walls. The size of the project and its absurdity is quite shocking. But I guess somebody (who doesn’t really care about historical authenticity) calculated that this will pay off and will draw hordes of tourists with loads of money.

One Polish tourist went to the most famous and authentic (I hope) historical site, a UNESCO World Heritage spot…