An evening, a day, and another night train
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Returned by a different bus back to Xi'an. By this time most of the afternoon had been lost and we had only brought some snacks and such for a lunch while we at the Terracotta Warriors Museum. So everyone got cleaned up and headed out for a relatively early dinner. After dinner we convinced a few of the others to go with us for drinks and music at the same bar zone that I hit with Simone and Geli the night before. It was amusing trying to get a few drinks with the language barrier but a few of the bartenders knew enough English that we could get something although the drinks left a bit to be desired. From there it was a short walk through the city at night up to the Bell and Drum Tower to see the views of the city and people going about their evening activities before retiring for the weekend.
Getting up in the morning meant getting the bags packed again as I was leaving Xi'an later in the day. Packed stuff up and then took the bags down to left luggage for the day. Walked back to the market that I had visited two mornings ago and picked up some souvenirs for the family to carry with me. Then decided to go up and see Xi'an from the City Walls. Xi'an has the largest intact city wall in China. This iteration of the wall was initially constructed in the 14th century and circles around the Xi'an for a distance of 13.7 km (8.5 miles). In its own right its an impressive site even with the modern refurbishment that has obviously been performed in the last few decades. Climbed the wall at Yongning Gate and then walked to the southwest corner.
A late afternoon lunch and some time to check up on the goings back home killed the early afternoon and before long it was time to meet back up at the hotel to gather our bags and head to the train station. The T42 train was our objective to get to Beijing. Train's scheduled departure of 6:42 PM was pretty much on time and it was time to see the granduer of China's capital.