Adventure to Xi'an
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
35Trip End Mar 28, 2010
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The easiest way to recap might be to write my own condensed Wikitravel on what I did.
Terra cotta warriors - This is what everyone comes for. And justly so... they were amazing. I don't know if I would call it the 8th wonder of the world though. I think that's a bit too hyped.
Muslim Quarter - This is a must-do
Big Wild Goose Pagoda - Interesting to see... nice to relax in the surrounding parks. As a Buddist monument, it is quite peaceful.
Biking on the city wall - One of the best highlights was taking bikes literally around the city on the wall. Just imagine a fort that is 8 miles of laden brick (which can be bumpy at times). From the wall, you can look down into the city and wonder what it would have been like to be a sentry from the ancient times.
Overall, I liked Xi'an's simplicity. The people were practical and not too complicated. The streets were arranged in a grid and easy to navigate. But surprisingly, the weekend was enough to complete what I wanted. And I am glad to be back in Beijing because I feel like it has more facets to it (and a metro). Maybe I enjoy the chaos of it all...