Xi'an city wall
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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.
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.