Xi'An Yihe Palace Hotel
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... Our attention at the street was grabbed in multiple directions, including various fresh pomegranate juice vendors, stalls making fresh Chinese candy, the multiple options of daring food (rabbit's head, pig's foot, insects, etc) and the popularity of fresh roasted walnuts. I must say the walnuts were yummy, so much so I went back for a second purchase the next day :o).
As you may know, the main tourist attraction near Xi'an is ...
An early start, 4.30 alarm call, downstairs in the lobby by 5.30. We had a packed breakfast on the way to the airport, bacon and egg sandwich, yogurt and fruit. Our flight was at 8am, but we went through group booking, which was faster than each of us checking in separately. Breakfast on the plane was indescribable, some sort of brown rice sludge, with pickles and a bun with something in the ...
... China, building the Great Wall of China, building the city wall around Xi'an, and creating the Terracotta Army. The Terracotta Army was accidentally uncovered by two local farmers in the mid 1970's. One of the surviving farmers signed a book we had bought at the museum. Unbeknownst to most, the Terracotta Army was completely destroyed after the Emperor's death. Each soldier shown today has been restored piece by piece, ...
... by modern times (one of the reasons I love the coliseum so much)! The drum tower was also very interesting and had huge drums surrounding the building which was pretty cool. The top floor had different pieces of furniture from different dynasties which I hadn't expected to see in a drum museum but it was interesting to look at nonetheless. Afterwards we headed into the Muslim quarter which turned out to be dangerous for our budget as there was so much there at such ...
... art and culture. Billie and I were overwhelmed by the astounding beauty of the ancient artifacts and cultural achievements.
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