Xi'an Travel Blog

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After Beijing we moved on to Xi'an to check out the Terra-cotta Army, Banpo Neolithic Village and Qin Emperor's Tomb. We booked our tour from the receptionist at the best hostel in  town and jumped on the bus. With us on the tour was an Italian guy that spoke German not Italian and a family of Canadians. Sarah quickly made friends with the Canadians, including their children who seemed like they were tranquilised and we set off to view the army. Our guide for the day was Bruce who was an extremely camp chinese guy who waved a stick with a soft bear keyring attached to the end and made strange guli-guli-guli noises whenever he wanted our attention. The army was fantastic to see and we had a good mooch around. The Banpo Neolithic Village was a bit lame, a few circular shapes marked out in the ground with a picture of a house that used to stand there 2000+ years ago. We did see some really old skeletons of Banpo people and some pottery items (thrilling). We then went to a silk factory where we were shown how silk is cultivated and how they manufacture silk duvets, duvet covers, shirts, night gowns, scarfs, gloves, socks, curtains. Again thrilling, especially when they wanted us to buy shedloads. Personally i think silk sheets are tacky. We then hiked up to a temple, which was closed, so well worth the money, the views were ok but a bit if a waste of time.

Sarah managed to get two admirers on the trip the canadian 13 yr old, who kept on telling her how big his house was and Bruce who wanted to hug her every 10 seconds. I found it highly amusing.

The next day we had a mooch round Xian and looked at more temples....temple count must be past 50 now and went to the muslim quarter. Where there was some real dodgy food on sale. Dan restrained himself after the starfish incident in Beijing. That night we stayed in the hostel bar and got chatting to a couple of chinese guys who were learning english. We had a good time and dan was getting extremely drunk, you can always tell as he was getting patriotic about wales and monarchy. Again hungover flying eurgh, we had 3 hours sleep.

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