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Silkroad D1: Xi'an - Ancient Capital City Day

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Xian City Most prominent land structure - Bell Tower
The shuttle bus took around 45minutes before finally reaching the bustling inner-walled city of Xi'an.

My first immediate response when I disembarked was WOW - this ancient city is buzzing with such modern life and aura! It greeted me with such a good feeling, that it can really be placed on par with that of Beijing.  The central Bell & Drums tower pivoted at roads intersection, my first sight of attraction, mesmerized me for that second.

Lugged with my 80litres backpack & light bag, I orientated myself as I dawdled to my hostel - Han Tang Youth Hostel, which was around 10-15  minutes walk ( guessed i was really enjoying the sights that were greeting me despite my bag burdens and snapping photos delightfully along the route)

Upon checking into my dormitory, I was greeted by an amiable man in his late fifties, which i mistook him for the room cleaner. Ah after holding a short conversation with him did i discovered that he had been in Xian for the past few weeks! He has retired and am shuttling between city hostels and holidaying. No wonder his barang-barang with him is that much!
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The artistic alley i walked past each day
After settling down in the hostel and making enquiries for tomorrow itinenary, it was already near evening.

Without further ado, i started exploring the later half of the day trying out the city public transportations and city attractions nearby.

Watson is just few walking steps away. I managed to buy my basic necessities like shampoo & shoe soles. My first dinner meal was cheap at 4RMB ! A Bowl of red bean porridge with egg rolls. 

Another few walking steps, I'm into the famous Muslim food street. Goodness! The plentitude array of food snacks were too tempting. No wonder even my local colleagues in Shanghai always praised about Xi'an snacks.  Even their 烧烤 barbecued stuff or even hawker hamburger 汉堡 is so different from those you can grab in Shanghai.
Muslim Food Restaurant, the name means literally "One-cent worth of profit". Goodwill of owner for the benefit of the mass.
There was even pipping hot sugar cane juice!  One word - yummy.

I was recommended by Hantang Inn staff to catch the water fountain show in Big Wild Goose Pagoda. I was too immersed with the food streets that i nearly missed the show! I reached ard 8:20pm and think i only catch the last few minutes of the fountain display. Alas. But nevertheless, I ended the night with a good walk around the Big Goose Pagoda area and a good rest in the KFC for a hot drink. Hah. And I obediently took a local bus back to hostel. It was a loong wait though.


Highlights of the Day:
1. Xian City Drum Tower & Nearby Muslim Quarters
2. Xian City Central Bell Tower
3. City of God Temple, Cheng Huang Miao
4. Big Wild Goose Pagoda - 8pm Night Fountain

Cost of the Day
1 Dinner & Snacks at Muslim Quarters ,Pagoda Square - 31rmb
2.Cab Transportatoin + Bus - 14rmb
3.Hostel Stay for the next 2 nights - 60rmb
Xian City Most prominent land stru…
Xian City Most prominent land str…
The artistic alley i walked past e…
The artistic alley i walked past …
Muslim Food Restaurant, the name m…
Muslim Food Restaurant, the name …
Charming Night
Charming Night
Dazzling Bell Tower
Dazzling Bell Tower
Bustling with Life
Bustling with Life
I Like the Starbuck Cafe design he…
I Like the Starbuck Cafe design h…
Cheng Huang Miao Alley
Cheng Huang Miao Alley
Chinese Goodies Wholesale
Chinese Goodies Wholesale
Gigantic Red Dates
Gigantic Red Dates
Pipping hot sugar cane juice
Pipping hot sugar cane juice
Inside the hostel
Inside the hostel
Yes,barbecue sticks aplenty
Yes,barbecue sticks aplenty
Fruit Tea?
Fruit Tea?
Huge mutton on stove
Huge mutton on stove
Very famous local household name, …
Very famous local household name,…
Gigantic promenganade
Gigantic promenganade
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountain Show
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Fountain Show
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda with Reverend
Big Wild Goose Pagoda with Reverend
Nearby Big Wild Goose Pagoda,where…
Nearby Big Wild Goose Pagoda,wher…
My busstop to bring me back hostel
My busstop to bring me back hostel
Xi'an Hostels review
Pleasant & Homely Stay in Xian with excellent staff service that gives it a magical touch
My honest review after staying for across various youth hostels in China. Han Tang Inn has given me a very pleasant & homely stay during my short … read entire review
Xi'an Sights & Attractions review
Plentitude of Xi'an Food Snacks at one Go !
I believe any tourist who have been to Xi'an will never miss this famous Muslim Food street, where one can find the food snacks you are craving for. … read entire review
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photo by: Deats