Started the Year in Xi'an
Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
120Trip End Jul 29, 2013
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Where I stayed
Quite happy with the hotel as it was right near the Muslim quarter and walking distance to everything in town, but of course we didn't want to go to the things that were nearby. We did, however, start with the Muslim markets and street area and then walked through through the Mosque
Morgan's flatmate Danielle, who lived in Xi'an for awhile, told us to visit the temple that was just outside the Old City. This was easier said than done, as the taxi drivers didn't want to take us there as they said it was too close but it wasn't. Eventually someone gave us directions to a bus and we caught one. It is much easier travelling with someone who can stop and ask the locals where to go. The temple was okay and just like many temples around China. This one was quite big and it looked quite prosperous as I suppose the city people earn a bit more money to give to the temple to maintain it. I can't think of anything very special about it.
We left there and were going to catch a cab but once again they wouldn't take us to the Wild Goose Pagoda as it was too close. We walked for ages before we came across it. I was quite exhausted by the time we got there and decided that Morgan needed to have a "Burger King" experience. I know they had a good toilet so was quite happy to have a burger there. It is right at the pagoda site. We walked around the bottom of the water feature and up along the far side and around to the front. There were a lot of people about as it was a school holiday
After the temple and pagoda I was exhausted so I decided that I needed to stop touristing for the day. We caught the bus back and found our hotel quite easily.
The next day were were up early as Morgan had never seen the Terracotta Warriors. The idea was to catch a taxi to the train station and then catch a bus to the Warriors. But remember I said earlier that the taxis didn't like taking us on a short trip. So we walked around in circles under the Bell Tower looking for a train station. We then decided that the line that goes under the city is not the line that is needed to get to the railway station. One kind person told us we had to catch a bus to the train station
We wandered around and looked at the cinema first which explains some of the story, that is if you can understand Chinese. We then went to the pits 1,2 &3. There is also a museum there that I can't remember being there last time.It is an amazing place.
When we were outside the place I was starting to get very hungry and we came across a stall selling food that originated in Morgan's province of Shendong. It was an egg pancake with some brown stuff that I took as sauce, some shallots and lettuce. Then the lady put some cracker -like bits in to make it crunchy. It tasted okay. Then we found our taxi driver and we were off home again. At the beginning of the trip he said he would drop us back at the hotel but he reneged on that and only took us back to the train station and told us where to catch the bus back to the Drum tower
I got off at the Drum Tower and Morgan went off to explore the Wall. I had done that a few weeks ago so I wasn't going to do it again. I much preferred to sit in Starbucks and read a book. After a couple of hours Morgan was back and said her phone had been stolen. It was taken out of her pocket and she didn't realize it. It was a sad ending after a couple of great days. We were warned about the pick pockets in Xi'an.
We caught the metro back to Beiyuan and then the train back to Luoyang. We were home in bed by 9:30 so that was pretty good.