On Xian city wall & round and about Xian too
Trip Start Oct 07, 2012
45Trip End Dec 14, 2012
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What I did
Some people just walked or ran round the wall, some took golf buggies.
On either side of the wall I saw people working, playing table tennis, roller skating, I saw the childrens hospital, the railway and bus station i had been to the day before on my way to the terra-cotta warriors and horses. I saw temples, markets.
Once i had finished the lap of the wall, i went to the south gate square and waited for 1.30pm when some guys dressed up as soilders came out for people to take pics. While i was waiting a girl came to chat to me and asked if i wanted to play this game where they kick this weighted thing with feathers up in the air (try not to let it fall) i was useless at it but her boyfriend demonstrated.
later i was walking along and a child picked up some leaves to throw at another child, i noticed they were the ginko leaves like the old ones i had seen painted some weeks ago now!
Now everywhere you go to a market they sell these walnuts in pairs, and all different prices, some are so expensive!!! - so here "In China, pairs of walnuts have traditionally been rotated and played with in the palm of the hand, both as a means to stimulate blood circulation and as a status symbol. Pairs of large, old and symmetrically shaped walnuts are valued highly and have recently been used as an investment, with some of them fetching a lot of money". Amy i think of you and the walnut!! There are so many walnuts here for eating too - put in a machine i had on my blog the other day, Shops sell them loose and packets and packets of them, but i see the wording here is walnust hmm.
It may seem odd to us to see trotters there for sale for consumption, and I may not fancy eating one but i quite like no part of the animal is wasted.
anyway i didnt get back to the pagoda - but i had a great time in Xi'an - its quite tiring all this travel on my own :o)
The dancers are from Friday night (after i post my blog) i was in my hotel when i heard the noise so went out for a look ! :)