Xi'an Travel Blog› entry 11 of 12 › view all entries
ok, ok so ive been real slack with these blogs, i seem to be running out of time to do these days and i like still have a month and a half left. Ill start with what I did last weekend! Last weekend, my friend and I hopped on a 12hour train to Xian. I must say it was one of the most comfortable trains I have ever been in, its like a hotel on a train!! 4 people to a cabin, free slippers and a comfy mattress, even more comfortable then mine in nanjing (actually most other beds are comfortable than mine in Nanjjing!!) The cabin was fairly spacious. Adele, my friend, and I spent time playing cards and trying very hard to communicate in chinese to the other chinese couple in our cabin. Unfortunately, not much was understood between us!!! we tried!!
The train was an hour late, but finally we got to Xian at 6:00am, it was a cold and misty and VERY EARLY in the morning!! So many people at the front of the train station, it was like I was famous or something.
We met up with him, and started walking away from the station. Expecting to hop into a car, I asked where we were going, he said that way!!! I looked so no car ahead of us..... we were walking to the hostel!!! It was ok, as it was only a 5minute if that walk to the hostel and we were greeted by very friendly and helpful reception.
Our tour started at 9:00am. Me and adele hopped into the mini van with other foreigners that seemed very dull and unfriendly!! We seemed to be the only talkative and loud aussies on the bus. My first thoughts on the bus was look at all the pomegranates!!! Xian is surrounded by so many people on the side of the streets selling pomegranates and pomegranate trees. Absolutely everywhere!!! I have to admit Ive never tried a pomegranate!! I wont explain all the sights we went to but of course the main sight worth mentioning is the terricotta warriors. Truly magnificent sight!!! As we get into the building where about 6000 warriors are dug out of the ground and standing in line, hundreds of tourists are flashing their cameras!! If there's only one sight to see its this one!!! We even met the farmer who discovered them!! He was oddly covering his face, as no photos were allowed and you can only really see him if you buy a book for him to sign (surprise, surprise), but hey it was still an experience.
When the tour was finished, we were absolutely exhausted!!! We had about an hour before we had to go to a traditional chinese theatrical musical thingy with a dumpling banquet! After a short nap, one of the people from the hostel drove us to the place!! The place was called the Tang dynasty. The dumpling banquet was one of the best yet. The waitress was very funny and kept on saying, "sorry, for waiting, sorry for waiting" - it was the only english she knew!! The food was delicious and each dumpling was made carefully into what was in it. The fish dumpling was moulded into a fish and had peas as its eyeballs, and the pumpkin dumpling was orange and in a circular shape., etc... May I say the performance was interesting. Men and women were dressed in colourful, traditional chinese clothing performing with musical instruments and singing.
The next day, i call CRAZY MORNING!!! It really started with a bag!!! Before we did anything, we both checked to where our train tickets would b as we were leaving that night. I assumed mine would b in my money pouch. It wasnt. Worry and despair fueled my brain as I carefully again rummaged through my money pouch. it still wasnt there. More worry.... I told adele to check my wallet as it was in her bag, Not there!!! I worry more and more.... I lost my ticket!!! I looked through my whole backpack, every pocket and every zip and section, nothing, nothing and nothing!!! Me being stubborn refused to buy another ticket back to nanjing!!! And asked the reception if the train station could replace my train ticket, they kindly said NO and advised me to go back to the train station and buy another!!! One of the guys recommended I buy a standing ticket, a lot cheaper!!! Guess how much??? 1 yuan!!!! 1 yuan to get to nanjing from xian.
After all the huss and fuss with my ticket, we started touring the downtown sights of Xian.Bell tower, drum tower, the great mosque and of course some shopping!!! The great mosque has been one of the best say temples ive been in in China, I know its not a temple, but place of worhip!! It looked original, old and traditional.
After an awesome time in Xian and thanking the guys at the hostel for just being the friendliest people Ive met, we headed to the train station and hopped on our train!! Assuming me and adele would be in the same cabin I followed her. To my shock, we were not in the same cabin, we were neighbours. She was in the top bunk of cabin 15 and I was in the top bunk of cabin 14. The Chinese people in Adele's cabin thought it was quite amusing watching her climb right up the top of a 6 bunk cabin!! I was not very impressed with them.
After about 16 hours on the train, I wondered why were we still on it!! Did we buy the wrong train ticket, did I buy a train ticket going to nanping instead of Nanjing or something!! Nope, our train tickets said nanjing!! I was aware that it was going to take longer just how long I didnt quite know!!!About 22 hours later, we arrived in Nanjing.
Xian was awesome:) I think may have to go back again........