Bicyle Bicycle, you are my bicycle.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Second day in Xi'an and we decided to hit the walls.

One of the main things we had been looking forward to doing was biking the city walls, which (we've been told, and read about) is a great idea. Seven of us got up early and made for the east gate in the city, just about 30 minutes walk from the hostel.

To get through the gates, we had to pay the equivalent of about $6 (its 4 pounds, but there are no pound signs when typing!) and then it was an extra $6 for the bike hire. The day itself would best be described as bleak, but that might be because of the pollution. We were soon finding out that when it rains here, it doesn't rain water, it rains mud. That being said, it was a great experience. Maybe it's because I don't use a bike often enough, but there was something just really pleasant about the whole thing. The walls were huge and we took about an hour and a half making a full circle. Luckily enough we had good company as well which helped. The guys that we made friends with at the hostel have been gracious enough to let us tag along and see the whole city with them. An added bonus is that they've tried to teach us some simple mandarin to get along.

After the walls, we separated, and heading to the train station in order to buy our tickets to Shanghai. Here comes the stressful part. We're still getting to grips with the enormous amount of people that seem to be everywhere in China. Granted yes, we've only been here a week, but the impression that you get is that it can be crowded everywhere you go. Buying a ticket wasn't quite an ordeal, but it wasn't as simple as we had hoped. The day we wanted to leave wasn't available, so we've had to stay an extra night in Xi'an. On top of that we've had to book soft sleepers. Fancy yes, affordable no; they're double the price of what we paid to get to Xi'an in the first place. It wouldn't be so bad, but at the start of big trip, we're trying to budget well, and this wasn't helping. It's not necessarily a bad thing that we've had to stay here an extra day, there are worse places to be after all. Xi'an's a lovely city. From what we've seen in the past few days, it's full of character and there is always things happening wherever you go.

We met up with Alfie, Sam, Dom, Cherri and Caroline at the Wild Goose Pagoda in the early afternoon. It's an impressive monument, with some nice scenery at the far south of town. The highlight was the water show, which comes on in the afternoon and again in the night. The water times with the music that's playing to give what's best described as a spectacle. Caroline bought a kite which we then all tried to fly. I admit, I was terrible. Sam mastered it pretty quickly though. The height of a lot of the kites put our little one to shame! The night finished with a visit to the Muslim Quarter and nice little restaurant. The group left the following morning on their way back to Beijing, so best of luck to all of them!

Next stop is Shanghai, or is it called 'the Paris of the East'? I'm not sure. Regardless, we're off there tomorrow at 17.00 our time here, and we'll make it to Shanghai the following morning. The next update won't be until we've got an idea of what everything's like over there.

Stay tuned!
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linda on

im on the big computer now and the photos look even better! except i never looked at the dog one. dont be eating any dog!!! awwww it might be those little weird ones you said about, its sly on them.poor things.

Helen on

I cant believe how much i've missed! I like allllll of the food photos (standard) and I really am intrigued by the mud rain. I hope making your way to Shanghai was simple, more video blogs! :D

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Craig on

Just so you know American Pie 4 out worldwide on the 6th April and KH3D 27th July

That is all

Dale on

Loving the regular updates man, looks like you're having a wicked time. I hope you haven't been stressing Lauren out too much in the train stations! Your wall photos are sick, and the fountains look cool too! Also good to see that you've been making friends! Big Dave and Clair want in on the updates as well dude, add them to your mailing list!
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clair.smith1@btinternet.com

Keep on posting guys!

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apandlc on

Craig, give us Dads email so I can put him on the list please.

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