HNA Hotel Downtown
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... the same as my American family, just nicer.
they've helped me to understand a culture that is so different from ours. I'll never forget the way my host mom almost had a heart attack when she found out I had a smoothie because she feared I would get diarrhea from the old, or when she got up in the middle of that night to assure me that if I got diarrhea, she'd be here for me. Then when I actually got diarrhea (from
something else) she had her I told you so moment.
We started yesterday morning with a visit to a Xi'an clay factory, where they make replicas of the terra cotta warriors. Many are sold to local businesses, to stand guard at their storefronts. Many more are sold to Chinese locals and abroad for personal use. The children got to make their own small clay replicas. Malia's was a kneeling archer. From there, we went to an elementary school and visited a class of grade 6 students. A few of ...
... by the station staff. This journey was a completely different kettle of fish to our last one - the Chinese family we were sitting with were full of conversation! Although not a single word was in English it was great to chat and share some jokes. They were fascinated with James' height and weight and particularly the weight of his bag! And when they caught a glimpse of our Lonely Planet they were over the moon - It kept them amused for hours! Still zero sleep but good ...
... we went in search of lunch back in the center of Xi'an. PP and I broke away from the group and settled on another Muslim restaurant were we got a bowl of fried rice, carrots, and dates for ¥7 We the ran into James, and Andy who had just finished eating fried quail eggs- a very "when in Rome" moment. Then the four of us and Jeff explored the side alleys where a few of us may have haggled some "authentic" jewelry, purses, and Chinese relics. Jeff looks very nice ...
When we get back to the hotel which is situated outside the city wall but close to the North Gate some of us take a night stroll. The wall and the buildings are all lit up. There is a park along the base of the wall which is busy with locals taking the air. The area around the Gate has group dancing, rollerskating and karioke Chinese style.