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A January 2006 trip to Xian by Paul Bacon

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Quote: As part of my tour of China, my friend Oz and I spent a few days in Xian, the main reason for being the Terracotta warriors.

Shu Yuan

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Hotel | "Shuyuan"

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Because it was just a few days before the start of the Chinese New Year, we were stranded. It seemed as though all of China was on the move, making finding room on a train a traumatic and ultimately fruitless task. With no way to Xi'an we were left twiddling or thumbs. Thankfully though, we had found the best place in town to do so.No, before I begin to wax lyrical about the Shuyuan I will concede that it does have a couple of faults: (i) It has no central heating, instead it relies upon fan heaters to keep the rooms warm. This means that in winter things can be just a little brisk. (ii) The tours they provide, whilst not a rip-off could be better organised.With that done and dusted I can get on with ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Shu Yuan
South Gate
Xian, China

Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter (Xi'an)

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Attraction | "Muslim Quarter"

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Xian sits in what is an interesting location in terms of China as a whole. It is exponentially closer to the sea and the east coast than it is to China's remote western borders. However since the majority of the country's population is concentrated in its eastern provinces, Xian in fact represents something of a gateway to the west and several 100 years ago was considered one of the first stops on the ancient Silk Road. Because of this it boasts something of a thriving Muslim community.The Muslim quarter of the city is conveniently located quite centrally, only a few minutes walk from the Drum Tower at the centre of Xian's old town. Regardless of this though, it seems far less tourist oriented and man...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter (Xi'an)
Near The City Center
Xian, China

A Walk Round The City Wall

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Attraction | "City Walls"

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Ossie ad I had just completed our first Chinese rail journey, 11 hours from Beijing West to Xi'an. We arrived at just after 6am and as a consequence were in need of a good breakfast and some strong coffee. We managed to secure and consume both of these at our hostel and after a couple of hours rest were ready for action. Having been couped up in the hard sleepers for so long, stretching our legs was clearly order of the day and since the ancient city walls ran for 14km they seemed the ideal option.One of the first things we had done upon our arrival at our hostel was to book a tour to the Terracotta Warriors the following day, they were after all why we had made the journey to Xi'an. So, if I am being...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

A Walk Round The City Wall
South Gate
Xian, China

Terracotta Warriors and Horses and Museum

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Attraction | "Terracotta Army"

Terracotta Warriors and Horses and Museum Photo, Xian, China
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Out tour guide was busy going on about something to do with the size of each warrior or the amount contained in the main display hall. However, he may as well have been talking to himself. The warriors were one of the main reasons I had come to China and I was just too anxious to finally see them. Coupled with this I was also captivated by the unique light I could see through the entrance to the hall.As I entered the hall it became clear that the strange quality of light came from the strong afternoon sun permeating through the windows of the hall and reflecting on the light colored earth and the army of warriors below. It was a captivating sight. The crisp afternoon sunshine meant that the warriors l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2006

Terracotta Warriors and Horses and Museum
Lintong District, Shaanxi Province
Xian, Shaanxi
029 391 1961

Big Goose Pagoda

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Attraction | "Wild Goose Pagoda"

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I honestly cannot tell whether it was a heavy winter fog or simply an average day's pollution that took the lustre off our trip to the Wild Goose Pagoda. In defence of the city, on most of the days we were there, there had been a mist present in the morning, which tended to lift to a certain extent in the afternoon. Unfortunately on the Thursday during which we decided to visit the goose, things didn't break and visibility remained poor all day.We walked from our hostel by the southern gate of the city to the pagoda, which is about 6km to the south. Along the way though, the pollution argument in regards to the poor visibility began to gather weight. The road from the centre of the city was crowded wi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

Big Goose Pagoda

Xian, China

Drum Tower

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I noticed that throughout China many of the country's ancient buildings and much of its traditional architecture, whilst stunning, often seem to be crafted from decidedly similar moulds. In Beijing alone, there are scores of gates and temples that could ordinarily be viewed as exquisite. Only they drift into anonimity, overshadowed by grander versions of themselves. No ordinary temple could really be seen as too special next to the Forbidden City or Summer Palace. The Drum Tower in Xi'an, in my eyes at least, suffered from a similar fate. I had already seen the like in Beijing and would see similar again in Yinchuan, Nanjing, and Hangzhou. It was as though it—and many creations like it—blurred in...Read More

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Drum Tower
Xi Da Jie, Inside City Wall
Xian, China