We travelled overnight on the train from Beijing. Nice enough compartment but the beds were a bit hard (like a park bench) We arrived inn Xi’an to be greeted by Mark our brilliant guide. After a fantastic breakfast (we arrived at 8am) of delicious Chinese and western food, we were ready to rock and roll.
Our day started in the Wild Goose Pagoda, walking round with Mark and a lovely volunteer Bruce Lee. One monk shouted at me very crossly as I stood in a doorway trying to look at the Buddha but also keep an eye on a rather bored Seamus quietly waiting outside. Oops. Apparently I need to be either in or out of the room. Obviously his journey to enlightenment is not quite there.
In Xi’an the kids were asked for their photos constantly. Even Ian and I had some requests. Every time we stopped, at least half a dozen phones came out to snap us. People would walk in front of us and try to sneak a picture too.
Seamus absolutely loved the water fountain show which played to music, despite many Chinese women trying to turn him round for photos.
After a huge lunch, where the staff were equally fascinated by us (it was like being a monkey in the zoo) we then travelled to see the Terracotta Army , which was on my list of things to see. It was brilliant. Of the 7000+ soldiers, only around 2000 are unearthed. Only rediscovered in 1974, it is amazing to see something over 2000 years old with such detail and scale. Brilliant and we all had a wonderful visit there.
We had a lovely time in Xi’an. The next day we went to the huge food market, again loads of unusual foods and sights. The girls and Shay got a huge candy floss, which then sparked a trend for all the Chinese people to get one. We saw stalls rolling cigarettes, stalls selling dried fruits, others selling various animal parts from the floor, sellers stretching dough in the street and much more – the hub-bub was great … even if we had to stop for a photo shoot with the locals again and again along the way!
Xi’an was a great place to visit, everyone enjoyed themselves. Now to stock up on noodles and snack and head for our on to the overnight train to Shanghai