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Oct 12, 2017 - Part 2: Weddings and Walls

Before leaving the Great Mosque we walked past a bride and groom taking formal wedding pictures in the courtyard of the mosque. Following that encounter, we headed to Xi'an City Walls. These walls are still intact and form a 9-mile long rectangle around the city center. While we waited for our entry tickets we saw another bride and groom having their pictures taken in the entry gate. Walking up the stairs to the top of the wall we found other brides and grooms taking pictures. This was not their wedding day; the gowns and tuxes were rented...

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China and Tibet 2017

Oct 12, 2017 - Part 1: What Woman Doesn't Like a Man in Uniform?

The day started with a drive to see the Terra Cotta Army outside of Xi'an. The Army was discovered in 1974 by peasants digging a well. The pottery figures, modeled from yellow clay, were made to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the despotic ruler who unified China over 2,200 year ago. There are 3 pits and over 7,000 soldiers, archers, and horses. It is a sight to behold. The weather was beautiful with mostly blue skies and perfect fall temperatures. The museum gift shop offered all sorts of Terra Cotta soldiers you could take home, from...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Yin and Yang of Weather

What a difference a day makes until it doesn't. We awoke to a gorgeous Beijing day with blue skies and comfortable fall temperatures. After bidding goodbye to the Hilton we headed to the Temple of Heaven which started life as the place emperors would make sacrifices and pray to heaven and ancestors of the winter solstice. The Temple of Heaven is situated in a large park that now attracts early morning practioners of tai ji quan, card games, dominoes, and crocheting and knitting. We were able to walk through the park and observe the various...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Terra cotta warriors in Xian

Xian was great except it rained hard all day long. I am a bit overwhelmed with the mass of humanity everywhere we go . The traffic, crowds pushing shoving. We got to the warrior sight right when it opened with prepared tickets (a perk of a tour) and still there were really long lines. The warriors themselves were very impressive and the museum amazing. Hazel

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Aug 30, 2017 - Xi'an, Shaannxi province

Xi'an in central China was the capital to' 13 dynasties including the time of the Silk Road so formed the starting (or ending) point. Until 1974 is was a middling size Chinese city with an auspicious history and the best preserved city Wall in China but it all changed one day in that year when a farmer digging a well just caught the corner by inches of what turned out to be the major archeological find of the late twentieth century: the 'Terracotta Warrior' mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor Quinshihuang built in the third century BC. For...

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Nov 7, 2016 - Xian deel 2

Vandaag naar de Pagode van de Wilde Gans geweest. Mooie tempel met indrukwekkend vakmanschap van koper- en houtbewerking. Daarnaast ook een heel mooie boulevard met prachtige bronzen beelden. Bij de lunch voor het eerst zogenaamde hotpot gehad. Viel eigenlijk een beetje tegen. 's Middags door de moslimwijk gewandeld met allerlei stalletjes met kitsch blingbling waar de Chinezen zelf kapot van zijn. De lokale slager en bakker waren ook interessant straks met de nachttrein naar Nanjing. Kijken hoe dat bevalt.

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Nov 6, 2016 - In Xian

Vandaag een van de hoogtepunten van de reis gezien, het beroemde Terra Cottaleger. Aanvankelijk wilde de gestoorde keizer Qin dat een leger van 8.800 levende soldaten met hem begraven zou worden, maar dat hebben ze hem uit het hoofd weten te praten en zo gebeurde het dat 800.000 arbeiders 37 jaar gewerkt hebben aan dit leger van klei dat samen met hem op een gebied van 56 km2 is begraven. Heel indrukwekkend. 's Avonds weer een paar heerlijke nieuwe specialiteiten bij het diner gehad en nog een paar pilsje gedronken met een Belgisch/Duits...

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Nov 5, 2016 - Van Pingyao naar Xian

Vandaag met de hoge snelheidtrein naar Xian, de vroegere hoofdstad van China. Met 300 km/u comfortabel reizen zonder kedeng kedeng of vierkante wielen. 's Middags over de dikke muren gelopen. Minder indrukwekkend dan Pingyao maar dat kwam ook omdat je weinig zag door de smog. Daarna nog even wandelen en fitnessen met de lokale bevolking. Na het eten even een rustige avond en vroeg naar bed.

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Nov 1, 2016 - Don't forget your passport....

It’s Tuesday morning and I’m lying (because I can’t sit up) on another top tier bunk of a hard sleeper train, this time on my way from Xi’An to Chengdu. Last time I wrote I had made the decision – subject to changing my ticket – that I wasn’t going to head to Shanghai after all… some people may find this a funny decision given it is one of the more famous cities in China but for me, right now, there are other places in the country I would rather see first. I have found over the past week that the places I have seen have been spectacular...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Xi'an et son armée de soldats en terracotta

Après notre première ride en train grand vitesse chinois, nous voilà arrivé à Xi'an. Avec une station de métro directement sous la gare ferroviaire, c'est pas mal facile de se rendre à notre Hostel qui est juste à côté des remparts de la vieille ville. On découvre tristement que seul les remparts existent encore mais que son contenu a tout été jeter à terre pour faire place à des bâtiments modernes. Un peu triste mais le modèle chinois du modernisme prends souvent le dessus sur la préservation de son héritage historique. Le but premier de...

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Apr 19, 2016 - XIAN

Had a problem getting here no fast train so had to tahke the slow one. Took 15 hours left Nanjing 12:49 got here 4 am. Was a good trip seated with the locals there was a group of six and one young university student who could speak English. They and a lady in the next seat were very interested in where I came from and why I wanted to visit China. While waiting for the train at Nanjing I was helped by a very atractive young girl because Nanjing is smaller than most of my previous stations they only put up the train number up on a stand...

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Europe BY RAIL 2012

Dec 18, 2015 - Xi'An

Virg part avec Tracey, sa collègue mais surtout amie, a Xi'An pour 3 jours laissant toutes les deux mari et enfants. Xi'An est classée au patrimoine mondiale de l'humanité par l'Unesco. On y vient surtout pour découvrir la fameuse armée de terre cuite enterrée: tant de warriors! Mais on se laissera aussi séduire par le quartier musulman ("heritage des caravaniers qui transportaient la soir en occident") et sa jolie mosquée. Et puis au bord d'un tuk tuk, nous irons plus loin visiter la petite et grande pagode de l'oie sauvage, le magnifique...

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