Xi'an, Ancient Capital of China

Trip Start May 02, 2007
Trip End May 29, 2007

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Xi'an,Ancient Capital of China

Hi everyone, I am writhing the Xi'an section after we left Xi'an.

The overnight train was about 13 hours. We had dinner on the train and met some Dutch people. Mimi helped them order dinner. It was interesting to meet them. They were spending 3 weeks in China and have just spent their first 4 days in Beijing.

We arrived around 6:30 am and went to the hotel we booked. The hotel was 168 RMB a night, about $21.80 USD. We washed at the hotel and took a bus to the Terracotta Warriors.

The bus had 3 stops. The hot springs, The Tomb of Han Jing, the last stop was the Terracotta Warriors. Mimi wanted to stop at all 3 places and see the Warriors last, but I know when they say it takes about 2 hours to see something, she needs 6 hours. The ticket collector on the bus said we should see all 3 and said foreigners don't understand. The Tomb is of the emperor that the warriors were protecting and we should see it before the warriors. They could also sell us tickets to the hot springs. I insisted we see the Terracotta Warriors first.

We had time after the warriors so we went to the tomb. Mimi was disappointed with the tomb. We did not have time to see the hot springs. I think Mimi was glad she saw the Terracotta Warriors first.

That night we had dinner with Mimi's uncle, his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. Xi'an is the start of if the Silk Road so it has a Muslim influences. We had a local Muslim dish called Yangrou paomo, a soup dish that involves breaking a flat loaf of bread into small peaces into a bowl and adding mutton stock. The diners are the ones that break the bread, the smaller the peaces the better.

The next day Mimi wanted to see the tomb of the only woman emperor of China. It is far from Xi'an but her name was Wu. Wu is a common name when spelled in English but the Chinese character for the emperor's name is rare and is the same Character for Mimi's family name. The woman emperor was a distant ancestor of Mimi's.

We got up too late for the bus for the woman emperor so se saw the sights in the city including the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, and museums.

We met a girl from Xi'an I met on the internet before the trip. She was born and lives in China but has been to Australia. Mimi spent a lot of time speaking Chinese with her. Click here for her web site.

The last day we went to the woman emperor's tomb and also a sight where they found bones in a pagoda which they believes are Buddha's bones. They believe his bones were put in several places after he was cremated.

After we got back, we eat and took a 11:50 pm flight to Shanghai. The price was 50% off for a total 760 rmb, about $99.00 USD. It was the only flight with 50% off with the others at 30% off when we got the ticket the day before. I checked the computer the day we left and it and another flight was 60% off and most of the other flights 50%. So, the longer you wait to get an airline ticket in China, the cheaper the price.

Well, bye for now, I may add more pictures and videos later.
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