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Bell tower

Some historicians say that Chinesse Empire started nowhere else than in Xi'an a couple of thousends years ago and also the famous Silk road starts here...There's quite large Muslim minority living here, a part of the city center is called a Muslim Quarter...there's a mosque here...this place is definitelly not pure Chinesse :-) What can be seen here? I visited Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Big Goose Pagoda, 12m high city walls and Army of Terracota Warriors....I spend in the city around 7 days, more than an average visitor (3 days) but I don't regret...It was quite relaxing experience here. One day I was strolling around the city center with Raf whom I know from Beijing's hostel and whom I met here in Muslim Quarter, one day I went with Ole to see the Terracota Warriors which was packed with tourists and we had to wait few minutes everytime we wanted to take a picture.

drums at the Drum Tower
I think the sight is impressive but the disadvantage I would say is that you can only see the statues from a fair distance. Then we took a bus to Hot Springs but we didn't go inside but took a cable car to the nearby mountain in order to watch a sun set....Well, it was quite dusty and foggy so the sun set was not as nice as expected but we met two Chinesse girls, Annabella and Jessie, from Shanghai who were in Xi'an for holidays and with whom we spend the rest of the evening...and two more days in Hua Shan (one of Taoism's five sacred mountains)...

My plan is to head more west - to China's wild wild west, to the troubled province of Xinjiang (Uighurstan), where I heard I might be out of contact for a couple of weeks....

babyaly1 says:
I LOVED Xi'an !! Your pictures are wonderful !
Posted on: Oct 08, 2009
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Bell tower
Bell tower
drums at the Drum Tower
drums at the Drum Tower
Street food in Muslim Quarter
Street food in Muslim Quarter
Rining a bell at the Bell Tower
Rining a bell at the Bell Tower
with a sweet shop assistent from w…
with a sweet shop assistent from …
Part of the Great Mosque....which …
Part of the Great Mosque....which…
street chess players
street chess players
Terracota Warriors
Terracota Warriors
Beer at the sun set
Beer at the sun set
Annabela and Jessie
Annabela and Jessie
Oli sitting in the bus corridor
Oli sitting in the bus corridor
Jessies picking our dinner....The…
Jessie's picking our dinner....Th…
At 3am at Xian South Gate
At 3am at Xi'an' South Gate
The Big Goose Pagoda
The Big Goose Pagoda
how Chinesse :-)
how Chinesse :-)
Muslim Quarter again
Muslim Quarter again
funny frogs...when you scratch the…
funny frogs...when you scratch th…
Good kebab
Good kebab
I have no idea what kind of fruit/…
I have no idea what kind of fruit…
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