Seeing Xi'an

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

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Flag of China  , Shaanxi,
Thursday, July 25, 2013

We decided against the hotel's breakfast, although we had credit for one person.

We got on the bus to go to the Bell Tower located in the center of Xi'an. It was like any other crazy city bus, full of people. I heard a loud clunk noise and looked back toward the back of the bus. I thought someone had fallen or dropped something big. Next thing I knew the bus driver stopped the bus, got out of the bus, and went toward the back of the bus. Did part of the bus fall off?

Then he came back around to the front. Uh, oh. Turns out he had hit a guy on a moped. Or the moped hit the bus, not sure which. So the bus driver and the moped driver, and several onlookers hashed it out in front of the bus. Ada told me that what would happen is the moped driver would ask for money, and the bus driver would give him money so his boss and the company wouldn't find out. The question much money? I saw the driver get his wallet out, but they couldn't seem to agree on an amount. Another bus came and we all switched to the other bus.

We first found a Starbucks and had breakfast. I had black iced tea with a cinnamon roll. I figured if I'm not going to be gluten free, I might as well do it big. :)

We finally got to the Bell Tower. We walked around, took pictures, watched a show--instruments & a dancer with a million other people, then went across to the Drum Tower that had a little drum museum inside. The two buildings were about 800 years old I think. A couple people asked to take their picture with me. One old man saw me taking pictures and wanted to see the picture in the screen of my camera. I took his picture and showed it to him. He had the biggest smile.

We then walked down a street with little shops and street food. We decided to have lunch. Ada had a lamb's foot which kinda grossed me out, but she liked it. We had a soup that is famous in Xi'an that has little squares of bread in it. It's called lamb pao-mo soup. It sounds strange, but it was quite good.

We then went to the big museum, Shaanxi History Museum, that tells the long history of Xi'an as the capital of China over many dynasties. The tickets are free, but we had to stand in a long line and you have to show your ID to get one ticket per person. This is to prevent scalpers. However, there were some standing around the line trying to sell the tickets for high prices.

The museum was great. I particularly liked the Tang Dynasty. I learned so much about China's history that I never knew before.

On our way to catch the bus, Ada got a swirly BBQ'd tofu stick from a street seller. I had a couple bites. It was spicy and quite good. Everyone had one; it appears to be a very popular snack.

We then made our way to the Xi'an city wall. We went inside, watched some pretend warriors march out into the square, then march back to where they came from, then we walked up the stairs to the top of the wall. We got tickets to ride a car to drive us around the perimeter of the wall. It took about an hour. I was so glad we didn't rent the bicycle built for two. I never would have made it in the sticky heat.

For dinner Ada found a place that specializes in fried dumplings. We also had crispy duck, zhou, and green veg of some sort. It was a really good meal.

We took some pictures of one of the towers all lit up then headed back to the hotel for a snooze.

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