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First day in Xi'an

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Bell Tower at night

We check out the hotel at 4:50am and the taxi came as arranged to pick us up and take us to the airport. The visa card did not work so we had to pay our bill in cash, I was not surprised. The taxi dropped us at terminal 3, which we quickly discovered was the wrong terminal.  We took the shuttle bus  to terminal 1, it was a long way away, but we enjoyed watching the antics of the half dozen Russian backpackers that were also headed to terminal 1. Each one of them must have had 4 or 5 small bags instead of one big one. We wondered how they managed to keep track of all of them.  Check in was quick and the airport security was tight ��" full body pat down for Wilson, but Monica just walked through.  We depart on time on HU 7137 at 7:55 to Xian

The food on the plane was rice porridge with to pickled green things, cherry tomatoes and juice.

The Extravaganza
It amazed us that they bother to give food for such a short flight. We arrived at 10:00 in X’ian. The airport was nice, and the staff were helpful. They gave us some hotel information and directions to the bus that takes you downtown to the Melody hotel. It was raining when we got off the bus so we slipped into a café and got lunch (chicken curry and chicken with cashew nuts, both served with an orchid) while we ate we tried to figure out where we were going to stay that night.  We had heard that the Melody was not good so we called one of the hotels recommended by the airport information desk. It turned out that the hotel was just across the street so we grabbed our bags and hoofed it over there in the rain.  We check in asking for a no-smoking room. When we got to the room, the bell boy removed the ash trays and ‘viola’ it was instantly transformed into a no smoking room! On our way out to explore the area we stopped at the desk and complained, asking them to do something about the room.
Tang Dynasty Show
They said that they would and we left it at that.

We walked around the down town area and discovered that the subway was not complete, and the underground areas were being used as shops. We had coffee at the Starbucks, and chatted with an English lady visiting from Shanghai with her baby and Mother in law. We learned a bit about expat life in Shanghai. We decided to take advantage of the evening and went to the Tang Dynasty Show where we sat with an interesting French lady that lived in Mexico and was traveling around the world visiting her kids. The Show was an extravaganza with lots of costumes and Chinese music. When we were leaving we bumped into a couple of Aramcon’s can you believe it?

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Bell Tower at night
Bell Tower at night
The Extravaganza
The Extravaganza
Tang Dynasty Show
Tang Dynasty Show
Xi'an
photo by: Deats