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Travel Xi’An 2013

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Following Travel Beijing Part 1
I took a side trip to Xi’an

The domestic flight took just an hour odd
& the airport in Xi’an was pretty new
not as laid back as I expected it to be

Walking the streets in the city..

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BBQ Spicy Squids everywhere
I just decided to buy from the stall with the longest queue
yea, the Singaporean way!

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The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower is geographically the Center of the city of Xi’an
Surrounding the Bell Tower will be the 4 main streets:
Dong DaJie, Nan DaJie, Xi DaJie, Bei DaJie

Traffic goes around in the roundabout
around the Bell Tower

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The Bell Tower is open for visits till 5pm everyday

Along the 4 main streets, you can find large shopping malls and famous eateries

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From Chinese dramas, I’ve always seen people eating dumpings for a meal
Here, I went to the self-proclaimed restaurant with
Number One in the World Dumplings
(literal translation)

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De Fa Chang Dumplings Restaurant
28 Pingan Market, Bell Tower Square

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Display of flour-works

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In a state where I was super hungry, reading a mandarin menu was very likely to cause me to knock out from starvationSo i risked it to order a simple dish of ‘whatever’
gobble it up and then take time to digest the words on the menu

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Looking plain,
It wasn’t
I ate it without the sauce and the dumplings were really superb!

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very juicy inside

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TsingDao is the way to go
Beer with Dumplings was not really the best combination
But I can do very well with that

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By the time I was done with dumplings, the streets were all lit up
as the sun sets early in the afternoon

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The Bell Tower looked extraordinary~

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The streets gave a rustic feel of old feudal China

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Grandly decordated with lights, the entire city feels bustling

The next day was meant for a full day exploration of the Terracotta Warriors and the Qin Shi Huang Tomb
For these 2 places an hour away from the city centre, you can always grab a taxi to be engaged with you through the day
The market rate is RMB500
The driver is definitely flexible if you want to add other destinations and tip him after that.

As usual, to start my day off
I need my Starbucks kick

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Having both my breakfast and coffee in the cab was quite a challenge
At 7am, there’s only Mcdonalds available
They had chicken teriyaki mcmuffin!

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It was actually real nice~
I have never had a mcmuffin before in Singapore since it’s either pork or beef
which I have no interests in eating

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The weather ain’t treating me very well that day
My fingers were freezing and thank god for the invention of heatpacks!

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The museum was way further in and for just additional 5RMB they will take you there on a buggy ride
If the weather was better, I would have walked!

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There were 3 main pit areas where excavation has yet to be completed to date
Every warrior looked different
as when they were made, the people modelled it against each other

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Moving on the the Qin Shi Huang Tomb
which is just minutes away from the Terracotta Warrior Museum

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The entire buggy tour is about 30 minutes
all just to see the tomb plague
& nothing else

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If not for the proximity,
It’s really not worth the trip

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Another touristy destination just around the corner from the Tomb that you can take a walk in:
Hua Qing Chi
www.hqc.cn

Huaqing Hot Spring is famed for both its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story of Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

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Every house over there was a bathing place
and it was built for the emperors, empresses and concubines
They can’t take a shower together
and according to their statuses, they will be assigned to a particular house

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Statue of Yang Gui Fei

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Natural Hot Spring waters as bath places for the imperial family

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This was really a nice place to stroll along if you could afford the time
Taking a dip in the hot springs there will set you back at 400RMB

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The Hua Ching Chi was not only a bath place but also a romantic place of the Emperor XuanZong and Yang Gui Fei
hence, most couples made romantic wishes upon this tree

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All in a Day’s work
I also visited the Cheng Qiang
(city wall)

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Just like in Gu Zhuang dramas
It was true that the only access to the city was this huge gate that closes everyday by officials
To get home, you will need to meet the closing time

The Cheng Qiang has been preserved and currently surrounds the city center of Xi’an
It encloses the Bell Tower and the 4 main streets
You can imagine the entire city centre to be a rectangular plot of land

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No lifts,
just all the way up to check out how old timed soldiers fight enemies at the top of the wall

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This part of Xi’an is a mixture of historical culture and new developments
With the ancient Cheng Qiang still in place
The surroundings arelined with public housing skyscrappers

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Being in Xi’an
It’s no longer a novelty to have a taste of Hai Di Lao
But just to check out the original store, it was worth the trip

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I have never tried the Singapore outlet
So I’m not sure if they also provide a menu of Chinese Beers

I just went with the safer choice of Budweiser
=p

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Good bye to Xi’an and it’s back to Beijing right after the meal!

On the whole, I had been culturally immensed with all the historial sites
It’s nonetheless a nice place to visit!

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