Sunda Gentleman International Hotel
Travel Blogs from Xi'an
Our trip to Xi'an started with a 14 hour sleeper train from Beijing. Trying to stick to our budget we booked the cheapest seats we could find called 'hard seats' in China and one up from standing. Trying to cut costs in this instance was not worth the hellish journey that we endured for those 14 hours. Things started off on a good foot when we found our seats and despite the name 'hard seat' we were pleasantly surprised to find that they were in fact lightly upholstered. The seats were ...
... and at The Drum Tower we were fortunate to see a drumming concert. No smiles from the performers at this concert - all very serious. After a while our heads began to pound and when our heart beats began to palpitate in time with the rhythms we knew it was time to move on.
Like the sirens of old the Muslim Market drew Sue to its warm embrace where she haggled with various street vendors and bought stuff she really doesn't want. The delight on ...
... the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum.
The terracotta figures are just larger than life-sized. They vary in height, uniform and hairstyle in accordance with rank. Most originally held real weapons such as spears, swords, or crossbows. The figures ...
... service. We had a guy on a ten key piano playing the melodies of the songs and then another guy keeping the song going with his voice when the piano player lost his spot on the music.
Caleb Tegtmeier: whats the most memorable instrument set up you saw on your trip?
Bethany Stanbrough: pastor yesu on the cowbell for sure
Caleb Tegtmeier: a positive accompaniment? or did it detract?
Bethany Stanbrough: well it ...
... to our Western perspective.
On the plane, I sat behind Mark, a New Zealand native helicopter engineer, who was really interesting. The two of us were across from Ken, a Laguna Beach resident on our tour, and we chatted for the hour plus delay and two hour flight. I’d forgotten how much I love that about foreign travel—when people speak your language, you just engage in ways that you never do back home.
Mark has been ...
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