During our 2-1/2 week stay in China, we each had a backpack. Not one of those large backpacks with sleep mats and metal rods to support your back, but a small school-size backpack. Talk about being minimal. We originally had brought a rain jacket, but tossed it in Beijing. However, Murphy's Law struck in Xi'an--of all times, it rained the day after we threw out the jackets. My friend and I only had one pair of knock-off TEVA sandals (and I know this sounds so un-hygienic) au naturale. No socks. Luckily, we didn't pick up any fungi. Insect repellant--all I remember, outside the rats, are mosquitos.
Aquí te puedes dar un banquete de Dumlings , Jiaozi , de todas las formas , dulces o salados y rellenos de todo lo que puedas imaginarte , carne de todos los tipos , verdura , nueces , flores ...
Dicen que tienen 108 variedades , pero nosotros nos comformamos con tomar 22 distintas y la verdad es que disfrutamos la cena
Here you can have a Dumlings, Jiaozi, banquet , of different forms, sweet or salty and filled with everything you can imagine, all types of meat, vegetables, nuts, flowers ...
They say they have 108 varieties, but we took only 22 different and the true is that we enjoyed the dinner
Comer y pasear / Eat and walk
El barrio musulmán es una de las herencias de la Ruta de la Seda . Aquí se establecieron los musulmanes que venían con las caravanas a comerciar y todavía siguen manteniendo sus tradiciones , comidas , religión...
Al anochecer todo parece revivir en esta zona , se llenan las calles de luz y de vida y es el sitio ideal para dar un paseo , ver los mercados y sus gentes y porqué no , tomarte un "alambre" u otro plato típico que están muy ricos
The Muslim Quarter is one heritages of the Silk Road. Here were established Muslims who came with the caravans to trade and they still are maintaining their traditions, food, religion ...
By nightfall everything seems to revive in this area, the streets are filled with light and life and is the ideal place to take a walk, watch the markets and its people, and why not, take a "wire" or other typical dish as they are very good
Xi'ans ultimate tourist attraction
The main reason most people come to see Xi'an is to visit the Terracotta Warriors.
The visit is available from several travel agents, usually a day tour including other sites. The CITS office in the Bell Tower Hotel organises an East City Tour which includes visits to the Wild Goose Pagoda, Banpo Neolithic Village, the hot springs and the Terracotta Warriors and also includes lunch and an english speaking guide. This costs 280Yuan per person.
Just the Terracotta warriors is worth this much alone..
It's an On Site museum (which means that the buildings are built over the excavation pits). There are 3 pits - the major one contains an estimated 6000 warriors. Some of the warriors are unexcavated as they have not yet found a way to protect the colours with which they were painted.
Not one of the warriors was intact when the discovery was made (in all there is an estimated 8000 warriors). Renovation continues - all those who love jigsaw puzzles can apply.
The sheer number and size of the warriors is breathtaking. It's unlikely that you'll ever see anything like this in your life.
Please see my travelogue for other photos
The Great Mosque
This Mosque, situated in the Muslim area just off from the drum tower, is famous in China and justly so.
The architecture is a mixture of Islam and Chinese. The minaret for instance is a pagoda.
Its beautiful inside the compound and very tranquil
Well worth a visit