No Warriors Today

Trip Start Jun 03, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2013

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Flag of China  , Shaanxi,
Friday, July 26, 2013

We got up late...slept in a little too long. We went to a bakery to get something for breakfast. The bakery was beautiful. I got a red-bean thing. We ate our goodies in the taxi on the way to the train station.

From there we got on a bus which took us to the first stop, the Concubine's Pool (Huaqing Palace). We got an English-speaking guide to tell us all the history of the Emperor and his great love, the Concubine (for whom he built the pool). The place is really beautiful and the story is magical. It's all built around a hot spring. It felt like it too...hotter than hades.

We finished the tour and then had lunch at the nice restaurant at the palace: we had Xi'an's famous pork sandwiches (the bread was a bit chewy), pumpkin vines (really good), and cold spicy noodles (also really good).

We waited and waited for the bus and finally it came to take us to the Terracotta Warriors. It was so, so hot. We walked to the area where you buy the tickets, which was really crowded. Ada was in one line at first, then switched to another line. Then she called me over. She found out that two of the pits had no electricity. We had to decide if we wanted to go ahead and see what we could see or come back tomorrow and hope the electricity would be back on. She talked to a couple people, and finally we decided to come back tomorrow. The bus ride back to the train station took about an hour.

We then went to see the Xi'an Forest of Stone Tablets which chronicles much of the history of China and is also evidence of different styles of calligraphy. Many of the tablets were destroyed during the 10 dark years prior to Mao's death. Although I couldn't read them, they were interesting to look at. I loved the different writing styles. They were all so beautiful.

Inspired by the tablets, Ada decided to take up calligraphy again, so she bought some calligraphy items from a street vendor. It's amazing all the brushes and things involved in it.

For dinner, we ate at a fantastic place called, The Big Bowl. We had big flat noodles, a weird chicken dish that was touted as their specialty (but we found it bland) and an appetizer dish. Overall, the place was great. Loved the noodles, great atmosphere.

The taxi driver took us around so I could get pics of the towers and wall all lit up. He was very nice. The good thing about China is that you can just stop on the side of the street even if it's a really busy one.

We got back to the hotel and then Ada made an 11 p.m. appointment for us at a nearby spa for foot massages. She got a Groupon deal: 90 min for 88 RMB (~ $15). Basically, we had a room to ourselves, got our feet soaked in hot water, a head massage, neck massage, and acupressure on our feet. Plus hot tea and watermelon slices, while wearing cool Chinese pajamas. :) Have I mentioned that there's no tipping in China?

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