Busy, Busy, Busy In China's Ancient Capital
Xi'an Travel Blog› entry 106 of 117 › view all entries
August 3rd, 2007 – by: dan2105
It's all busy, busy, busy again. After a disaster trying to keep in convoy when finding our hotel, we finally headed out to explore the Muslim Quarter. The streets here are filled with tourist markets, so the highlight for me was the Grand Mosque, probably the most grand temple I have visited since being in China.
In the afternoon we hired bikes and rode around the tops of the 14-km rectangle that makes up Xi'an's city walls.
In the evening, we had a dumpling banquet to attend at Shaaxi Grand Opera House. 22 different types of Chinese dumpling were served up, with fillings ranging from ham to duck, to egg and even walnut. Some even had their own flash designs to indicate their filling. Afterwards a show we were treated to song and dance onstage. It wasn't bad, but to be honest that the show we saw a couple of nights before was fresh in the memory and this really didn't compare.
From what started as a bit cumbersome, with a lot of travelling and not much activity or sight-seeing, is really turning into a jam-packed and fun-filled exploration of China. Even though the country is vast, the history is quite fascinating. It helps that Dragon is so knowledgeable; he's quickly becoming one of the highlights of the trip. Plus, he lets me get away with most things on the basis that I'm a monkey.
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