We left Beijing and drove to Yangquan.
The road is excellent and made for an easy drive though some beautiful rural countryside.
There were a couple of Service Areas where the driver can pull into a garage for petrol, have a meal at a restaurant and maybe do some tourist shopping. The Service areas are well staffed and easy access from the road.
Yangquan is the next town from Beijing. There were no other towns on the route. On either side there were green field with maize and vegetables. Living was in villages in the centre of the farmland. All villages were clean and tidy with red brick houses and all services.
Nearer to Shanzi, there were mountains on either side. Some of the areas were quarrying for limestone, and the cliffs were colored orange and white from the quarrying.
We passed the Great Wall at Yangquan. It looked amazing. It is located 20 kms from Yangquan.
The mountains were very beautiful, rugged and still, overlooking the double laned highway.