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Today was a bit of a simple day, sight seeing city walk, street food and a pint.
Temperatures are dropping rapidly as we head north, but thankfully still not as cold as UK, so we headed out on our own un-guided city tour.
Xi-an, located in central-northwest China, called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, and is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization. Today Xian is an important economic, cultural, industrial city with ...
... shots of the two sides of the wall stretching into the distance either side of a corner turret. The haze actually helped accentuate the effect of them going on forever as they disappeared into the distance with lamp posts and flags repeating infinitely. At the North Gate, we stopped for an ice cream and to take on some sugar-laden fluids before ambling around the second half of the circuit arriving back at the South Gate with three minutes to spare.
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... gives us plenty of time to figure out where to put it! They also had a lacquer ware factory, but we didn't buy anything there. They had a very nice restaurant on the premises and we had a great buffet lunch. You'd think by now we would be seeing the same dishes over and over, but somehow this isn't the case. Every time, we are tasting new things! Back to the hotel after a very full day. This evening we will go to a special dinner with traditional dancing that should be ...
... in 50 mins with the driver racing us there. Not that we was in a rush but he probably was. In the airport it was straight through check in and security and a small wait (and watching a good fight, some Chinese guy going crazy on his phone to someone and then his mate tried to take the phone from him and them 2 had a scuffle and then he nearly missed his plane) we finally boarded and took around 2.5 hours before we got to Xian.
The smog here was pretty bad as you probably seen ...
... clean. Firstly we visited the souvenir shop & purchased a book which was then signed by one of the farmers who discovered the site. He is now in his eighties. Of the 5 farmers, 2 still survive We then saw a background film, & then visited Pit #1. Nothing can prepare you for the scale of the site. Photos don't do it justice; the site has over 6000 figures, including horses and is a working archeological site - a living treasure We then had another big ...