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Warriors, Baijo, and fun times in Xi’an

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In transit, always seems like the best time to update my blog.  Right now I’m on the top bunk of a 6 bunk hard sleeper on a 18 hour train ride from Xi’an to Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of China.  About 5 hours ago I left Xi’an, where I had a good time seeing the sights and partying it up with fellow travellers.

Xi’an, is an ancient city, known to be the start of the silk road from China ending in Rome. The old city itself is completely surrounded by a 12m tall wall, with 4 gates (North, South, East and West) coming in and out.  I was staying at a cool little hostel literally facing the south wall.  More about the hostel and hostel life in a bit.

The Terra Cotta warriors are the main attraction in Xi’an.
Terra Cotta Warriors, Pit 1
  In 1974, a local farmer was digging for water and discovered some pottery, this lead to an excavation of the site which in turn found literally an army of standing terra cotta warriors (about 2000 of them), all in rows, some with weapons, others on chariots and also terra cotta horses.  I’ve seen pictures before of the pit, but to be there and see it first hand was amazing! On the tour that preceded the visit, they said it took about 38 years to make all the soldiers, all of which are individualized with different uniforms, armour, and each with a distinct face.  Here is the wiki link about them.  Amazing.

I spend about 3.5 days in Xi’an, other than checking out the warriors, I basically chilled a bit, walked around the city, chatted it up with other travellers and sat down to figure out where I planned to go next.
Me and Emile drinking homemade beer (I think!) on some side street in Xian's Muslim Quarter
  O’ I have to say, the people of Xi’an were much better than those of Beijing!  Of course, being “better” is all relative to Beijing, if it were relative to people in general (i.e., everyone not from China), they are still not to friendly lol.  But it was nice to get a few smiles and less death stares ;)  

So far one of the best things about travelling by myself has been meeting up with different travellers along the way.  So far I’ve hung out with a Dutch guy at the Summer Palace and partied with Aussies in Beijing.  Here in Xi’an, I’ve hung out with a couple from Toronto, 2 guys from Scotland, another Dutch guy, 2 Swiss girls and a Swedish guy.
Trying to buy tickets to Chengdu.


Its cool to hear all the places people have been or are going, and how long people have been travelling or plan to travel.  For example, the 2 swiss girls, Rahel and Alexandra, are travelling for 8 months, and they got to China by TRAIN from Switzerland!  How cool is that?! It took them about 1.5 months to get to Beijing, of course, stopping in different spots and spending about a month in Mongolia.  Emile, the Swedish guy I’m now travelling with, is 1 month into his 8 month tour through Asia.  Definitely some cool people to have met.

So you must be wondering what Baijo is?! Well its Chinese rice wine that you can buy at the local store for about 60 cents Canadian.  Lets just say its potent…about 52% alcohol! Beers if you are curious, cost about 50 cents for 750ml bottle.
Xian Clubbing!
  I have to thank Emile for making me step out of my comfort zone and going to more local eateries and stores to buy beer and food.  In the hostel for 1 regular sized beer its 1.50 cdn, but just walking across the street, you get one double the size for half the price! Crazy.

All yesterday, me, Emile, Rahel and Alexandra hung out walking around the city, eating and partying at night.  Definitely the best day I’ve had in China so far.  Trying to find something to eat is definitely the fun part of travel.  We all basically walk into a restaurant and look at the Chinese menu and just point to something that looks cheap and hope for the best!  I have to say everything I ordered was delicious!  I guess you really can’t go wrong with Chinese food, or as they call it here, food.
Emile, Rahel, Me and Alexander at 1+1, a local Club/Disco
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A friend from London, yes that crazy Brit from my London entry, told me that I should check out this nighclub in Xi’an called 1+1.  So after a day of walking around and eating, the four of us decided to hit a club.  Of course as we do back home, you usually have a few drinks before you go out (aka the pre-drink), so we cracked open some beers and of course some baijo and had a few drinks and played a card sgame, Kings.  Kings is a drinking game, as Len would say back home, its bad jou-jou.  Basically the loser has to drink whatever is in the cup.  We played 3 games, I lose twice! Baijo is definitely bad jou-jou!
Anyways, we head out to the club soon after.  Club was pretty good, but sorry Bally, it wasn’t has hype as I thought it would be!  Despite being an ok club, we all had a good time for sure. Beers, Chinese Music and lots of Locals, makes for fun times in Xi’an.

Next stop, Chengdu.  Me and Emile, have decided to head further west into China.  In around Chengdu are pandas, a scared Buddhist mountain, the world’s largest stone Buddha, and some monasteries.  I’m hoping to spend a night at one of these monasteries.  Should be a fun couple of days.

Until the next blog entry….

Cheers,

Ru

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Im a Warrior ;)
I'm a Warrior ;)
Terra Cotta Warriors, Pit 1
Terra Cotta Warriors, Pit 1
Me and Emile drinking homemade bee…
Me and Emile drinking homemade be…
Trying to buy tickets to Chengdu.
Trying to buy tickets to Chengdu.
Xian Clubbing!
Xian Clubbing!
Emile, Rahel, Me and Alexander at …
Emile, Rahel, Me and Alexander at…
Me and the Warriors
Me and the Warriors
Emperor
Emperor
PLaying Kings
PLaying Kings
Emile needed to buying new shoes t…
Emile needed to buying new shoes …
Emile and Rahel getting down with …
Emile and Rahel getting down with…
Emile, Rockstar
Emile, Rockstar
Alexandra, Rahel and I. Beers not …
Alexandra, Rahel and I. Beers not…
A local wanted a picture with me. …
A local wanted a picture with me.…
Xi'an
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