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It's a fairly restless night and most of us are a little grouchy in the morning, but we’re off the train around 08.30. The heavy rain has stopped, but Xi’an is still damp and grey. We head out of the railway station – we’ve got a bus booked to take us to our hotel, but it can’t get anywhere near so we need to walk 15 …
... the village via Leo. It turns out that the Mayor, was elected to the post at the age of 23, after returning from a four year stint in the army. We didn't find out what inspired the young man, whose name eludes me, to take the top role in the village, but what an inspiration he was. The village had once been very poor with many villagers starving. With the relaxation of the 'commune' system of land ownership, ...
... closing time. A small eatery was still open and a Chinese lady helped to find me something veggie to eat as she thought we were struggling. I had cold noodles that tasted of dirt and some horrible potato thing, needless to say I was still hungry so on the way home I got some McDonalds chips.
Up and ready for a day of sightseeing, Rach and I worked out how to get to the Terracotta Warriors by public transport avoiding the costly tours. The army of life size figures ...
... were deep fried with several spices. They were very good. Also she bought a sticky rice cake that had honey and some kind of a fruit paste on top. Delicious! We bought some nuts for snacks.
We wandered down a narrow alleyway where the doorways were to homes. The narrow way was shared with scooters. The local vendors lived in apartments along the way.
As the lunch hour neared, people were lining up ...
... reminded of how regimented and
watched the Chinese people are, with countless police and toll check points.
Halfway through the journey we stopped at a
rest stop, where there was hot water for pot noodles, a small convenience
store, and toilets. Everyone had to get off the bus at this point. While waiting
to get back on, we noted that the Chinese sit in a very awkward way resting in
a peculiar kneeling position that we have not been able ...