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... times all of the above at once.
There are traffic lights and pedestrian crossings but these
are suggestions only. You risk your life when you attempt to cross the road.
There are many double decker roads, tunnels underground and many spaghetti
junctions where 5 or 6 freeways all meet next to each other. Amazingly well
Every car gets photographed as it goes under the road
gantries so speeding infringements are easy for the police to prove.
... but it's also so fun. Xi'an is easy to get around in and I always felt safe, always. I am just as comfortable and at home on the streets of Xi'an as I
am on my walk home from Towson High School. Xi'an is a city with its own heart
and soul and it welcomes you and you never want to leave.
The second aspect of this trip that was really important to me were my American friends. If
anyone of you guys are reading this I want you to know that all 19 of you have ...
... merrily heading out of town on was in the exact opposite direction to our intended destination. Following a few (minor) course corrections we were soon ducking past the souvenir stalls and politely side stepping guides at the Terracotta Warriors site.
We'll admit now, it wasn't quite what we had expected. I'd imagined entering a huge dimly lit room to slowly discover through ancient darkness thousands of warriors standing ...
... Warriors on this same day but the weather made us change our plans. We didn't get up to much for the day after that.
The next day was dry and so we headed off with an Italian guy and his Romanian girlfriend to the Warriors museum. The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. ...
... is only 13.7 km the half marathon runners were directed to turn around at the 10.5 k mark. I was still set to run right past this turn and finish my planned trip around the wall. Though the men working the "turn around" had a different idea, they saw me coming and immediately starting the U-turn hand wave. I shook off the curve but to no avail. They kept yelling diaotou (turn around) and one guy even cut me off with a slight shiver to the ...