Off to Xi'an
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Didn't have to get up too early to catch the 10:29 train (K166) from Emei town back through Chengdu and then on to Xi'an. This was the longest train journey of the internal China portion of the trip, nearly 20 hours from departure to arrival in Xi'an. It was an altogether mostly uneventful affair turning north and back east again.
Arrived super early in the morning (between 6:00 and 6:30 AM) via the train at Xi'an Railway Station. Grabbed taxis to take us the short distance (but more than we wanted to walk) to the hotel. We were all hoping that the hotel would have our rooms ready for us, and thankfully they did.
Meeting up we walked down to the markets near the south City Wall. Lots of little stands selling little knick-knacks. I looked around a bit more intently now as with about a month to go on my journey it was time to start looking for souvenirs for the family. Didn't buy anything just yet but tried to establish what people might like. From these markets headed up to the Muslim Quarter to see the market there and get a delicious brunch at some of the food stalls in the quarter.
From brunch a few of headed up to Lianhu Park where we watched many families take some small boats out on a pond while we quietly sat at a tea house and sipped some tea in the relaxing early afternoon.
We considered making our way to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda another few kilometers away, but decided to stay in the same location and go to the Xi'an Museum adjacent to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (especially since the ticket to get into the Small Wild Goose Pagoda included the Museum Admission).
Met up with some of the others back at the hotel to head out for dinner, then went down to an entertainment district not far from the south city walls. Lots of small bars here and night spots to have a drink, listen to some live music, and just chill. Didn't stay out too late since it had been a long day on the go. One final amusement for the night was still to be had at the hotel. As I was just about to drift off to sleep, the phone rang. I stumbled over to answer it and the voice on the other end says, "Massage, yes or no". But pronounced with a soft "g". I begged off and headed for the blissful opportunity of sleep.