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Artist district just inside the city walls.

Ok, I have some serious catching up to do on this blog. I've been home for a few days now, but the jetlag ended up being worse than I expected. Here's hoping that I can get through today without taking any 3 hour naps.

So...I think the next thing I did was to go to the Xi'an city wall. Xi'an is one of the very few cities in China to still have the wall intact. I can't recall exactly how old it is, but it has been patched up in places over the past few years so that it is now possible to walk the entire distance. The city has, of course, spread far beyond the wall by this point in time. But most of the historic sites are still located within the walls. To walk the whole wall is supposed to take around 4 hours.

My friend Sally (fellow volunteer) and I decided to tackle the wall one evening last week.

We decided to go in the evening, as we heard the city looks really great when it is all lit up. When we got there we found that an animated light show had been set up on the wall. We are not sure if there is always something at this location, or if this was set up to celebrate the Olympics that will take place in Beijing. I've posted pictures of a lot of the lights on this site. They really seemed like something you would see at Disneyworld. They were pretty tacky, but in a fun way. After we had walked for about 30 minutes we found that the path had been barred on the wall so that we had to turn around and go back. This was probably because the wall closes at 9:00 and we entered around 8:00.
Our dinner of garlic chicken.
I never did get a chance to go all the way around the wall. And oddly, I don't think I took any daylight pictures of the wall, so I can't show you what it looks like. But, you know, it looks like a big stone wall.

That night we also had dinner in an unassuming little restaurant in the city. The menu was written entirely in Chinese characters, so we asked for chicken not-spicy with the help of our guidebooks. The food was served in a metal bowl that was placed on a sterno burner on our table, which kept it nice and hot. We ended up getting garlic chicken. It was good, but it included a lot of bones. I think they had cooked the chicken whole and then cut it up into pieces without removing the meat from the bones. So we got to pick off the meat and then leave the bones on the table. (We hoped that was right--we didn't get a dish for them.) At the end of the meal we asked the waitress to take a photo, which she thought was hilarious. It obviously isn't the kind of restaurant that sees a lot of foreign tourists, so I guess it was a strange request. That photo (taken at an angle that does not flatter me) is also posted here.

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Artist district just inside the ci…
Artist district just inside the c…
Our dinner of garlic chicken.
Our dinner of garlic chicken.
The large structure right behind t…
The large structure right behind …
The entrance to the city wall.
The entrance to the city wall.
All of these pictures are of the l…
All of these pictures are of the …
This was a few months before the B…
This was a few months before the …
Watchtower.
Watchtower.
Very bizarre vocal performer on th…
Very bizarre vocal performer on t…
Street food stall by the bus stop.
Street food stall by the bus stop.
Xi'an
photo by: Deats