Empark Grand Hotel
Travel Blogs from Xi'an
An early start, 4.30 alarm call, downstairs in the lobby by 5.30. We had a packed breakfast on the way to the airport, bacon and egg sandwich, yogurt and fruit. Our flight was at 8am, but we went through group booking, which was faster than each of us checking in separately. Breakfast on the plane was indescribable, some sort of brown rice sludge, with pickles and a bun with something in the ...
... announcement is made everything changes - the orderly queue suddenly turns into a scrum with a mass of heaving and writhing bodies and fighting to get through the gate. This is all the more ironic given the Chinese obsession for safety - we have steps and low ceilings pointed out to us all the time - but when it comes to queue boarding it's every man and woman for themselves. But let's move beyond the queue experience. We safely boarded our train and ...
Today was a relaxed day after the rest of the group had been on the overnight train from Beijing.
We headed out into the city to explore. In the city centre, there is a large fountain, the largest fountain in Asia. Asia is large. So is the fountain. We stayed and watched the hourly water display. Okay, it was no Bellagio fountains, but was quite cool.
We then headed round to the Buddhist temple with the Wild Goose Pagoda. The temple itself was ...
... walnut and lotus flower dumplings for dessert which were really tasty. All of us felt completely stuffed afterwards so were quite happy to sit down for the next hour to watch the dance show. They do live a dance show here but I quite enjoy seeing the costumes and they usually make a good job of it. I felt completely knackered by the time we got back so was very happy to get into my ...
... talk was about, but everyone seemed to be having a grand old time chatting on the train – maybe they don’t get a chance to talk to people.
The China/Japan Diaojo Island issue is heating up around here. On arrival to Xi’an and on my first walk about the city I saw maybe a hundred thousand people milling around the main square. On closer look, a Japanese restaurant had been sacked and a Japanese car overturned. There ...
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