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... much of his life exploring the Indian sub-continent. These texts had a major influence on Chinese Buddhism. The pagoda is now surrounded by a vast park, complete with McDonalds, a monorail and a vast area of fountains which are used for regular musical shows - impressive, but yet another example of the Chinese taking a historical site entirely out of context. We had to pay to enter a temple at the foot of the pagoda which was at least a little bit quieter than ...
... and I taking a bus back home where we rested.
While slow at first this afternoon was pretty exciting. We went to the Xi'an museum and Goose Pagoda. The museum had statues, weapons and arms, sculptures and other artifacts from at least eight dynasties.. The pagoda was amazing. We went to the top of it and the view was spectacular. I could see for miles.
Afterwards we went out to dinner with Targy's uncle and cousin. ...
... br> After dinner we once again rolled ourselves out of the restaurant and for a walk down the Muslim street back to the van. We were running short on time in order to make it to the Big Wild Goose pagoda in time to see the fountain show. At first I was disappointed that we blew by the Drum and Bell towers as I had hoped to photograph them all lit up at night. I assumed that because I have seen the fountain show at the Bellagio in Vegas that I had ...
... We bought pistachios this time but recommend the spike fish coated fried broad beans. More stairs took us to the top of the Bell Tower with a splendid view of the crazy traffic. The music played was interesting using not just bells but fiddles, zither, stone xylophone and an Asian harp. They finished their performance with Auld Lang Syne (spelling?) but no one linked arms. The music in the Drum Tower was just as good. After strolling through the Muslim market we ...
... thought even if we haven't quite opened our eyes. At this point in the blog I'm hovering very close to sounding like a whopper and I wish at all times to avoid this so I'll summarise by saying that it's very interesting to see how people live in other countries, especially those so different to Britain.
Finally, and arguably most importantly, travelling allows one time to simply enjoy the little things in life. Forget ...