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... bums. We had some pointers and laughs as people walked by and stared. Off to the train satiation to catch our overnight train to Xi'an! We got there an hour and a half early, so we just sat outside the gate and waited. This boy came up and started talking to us. He spoke English really well for a senior in high school. I knew he wasn't trying to scam us too, because he never asked to go get coffee ...
... with a lovely cafe and restaurant that served up great food. They also offered a 15% discount for guests in the hostel too. My first dorm experience in more than a decade was great too - only four to a room the dorms were clean and warm with a lovely big cosy duvet.
Checked in, had a wander around some nearby shops - alarmed at the proximity of several nice boutiques selling cashmere and silk scarfs for which I have a predilection.....feared for a ...
... the way. The artzone is a funky area with individual shops / galleries & cafes and restaurants. I actually wish we had longer to wander the small area but time is ticking and we have to be back at the hotel by 6pm. We did manage to get something to eat whilst we were there and even though they did not speak a word of English we managed to do ok. We get back to the hotel just in time at 5.15pm - as Intrepid have kept a day room at the hotel we all head up and take it in ...
... of tourists (probably from the rural areas) just stopped, and listened to this young white guy enjoy conversation with these excited Chinese people. Perfect.
This concluded perfectly, to which I found my Hole and my Zachlejew (Chris and Zach, two of my best buddies in the world) standing, checking into my hotel. Wow. You see..short story. I knew they were here already, but had no idea on how to contact them. No facebook, don't have their skypes (now I do) ...
... that the larger rectangular Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohe) for rehearsals and examinations. Both had open doors to look through to the throne rooms (one had a sedan) but were VERY busy (and jostly). The ramps from here to the inner courtyard had a beautiful dragon head carved on each finial. The central ramp down was lovely- a beautiful bas-relief showing dragons and flowers- carved from one block of stone weighing 200 tonnes.
Interestingly the Outer Court buildings ...
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