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Travel Blogs from Xi'an
... By the end we are developing serious cultural inferiority feelings and our feet are complaining.
The third sight on the itinerary is the city wall built in the Ming dynasty, a mere 500 years ago - a young thing for the Chinese! It is the only complete city wall in China and measures 13 kilomteres right around. Funny to think that Márti was riding around it on a tandem only last week! Like her we also happen on the changing of the guard - what they ...
... 200 years older than Christ! It was such a unique feeling to be in the presence of such history.
After snacking on a delicious fresh pomegranate and having delicious, cumin-flavor, knife-cut noodles, we headed back into town to see the Big Goose Pagoda, featured in one of the 4 Great Classics of Chinese literature, Journey to the West (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_t o_the_West). In the story a monk needs to travel to the West (like India at the time ...
... was very easy to walk though. There were all sorts of food we could eat - I settled for five quails eggs roasted on a kebab stick, which was delicious, followed by steamed sticky rice, coated in some sort of jam and covered in peanuts and a mystery ingredient - but it was tasty!!
Our next stop was one of China's biggest museums - we had a quick look around but it was so hot and we were so tired, we just sat in the cafe with ...
... were not in the mall we went to but there were others like Love&Love that by just window shopping looks could easily beat out the American competitors simply by the beautiful, high-class looking design of the store. When purses were out there for the girls to see, they went absolutely bonkers and tried the best to avoid staring directly at this jewel of women mall prowlers everywhere. Sunglasses were also amazing although the ones I saw were more higher-end sunglasses ...
... are long- filled with adventure and new experiences..but it seems like no time at all.
It's still surreal to be here, and exclaiming "We're in China" hasn't gotten old yet..
Especially with Laura, who still screams :)
ps. today is her birthday (Monday the 27th) and not just any birthday- her sweet 16 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's 6 AM ...
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