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Xian Day 4: More Snacks

Since it’s our last night in Xian, we explored the Muslim Quarter for more snacks.

I really like the pan fried persimmon cake. So, we got more to eat.

We also had a stick of the osmanthus cake. It is mildly sweet and fragrant.

The above stall was busy with customers. It must be good.

The food did not look good when packed but it was really good. It’s sweet glutinous rice topped with dates. The above pack was RMB5 (less than CAD1). More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Xian Day 4: Dinner

It’s about dinner time when we returned from Huashan. We explored the Muslim Quarter again for food.

We came across the above restaurant with a huge pot of food that looked interesting. We tried to ask what’s in it but the chef told us that the restaurant was closed for private event. Too bad for us.

We explored further and found a noodle shop. We ordered a spicy beef noodle soup to share. We really enjoyed the handmade noodles here.

We also ordered a bowl of wonton soup to share. The soup was pretty tasty. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Xian Day 4: Exploring Huashan

Huashan is one of the five great mountains in China. The other four great mountains are Taishan in Shandong, Hengshan in Hunan, Hengshan in Shanxi and Songshan in Henan. Not only as one of the five great mountains, Huashan is also reputed to be the most dangerous hiking mountain in China.

There are five peaks in Huashan which form the shape of a flower. Flower is pronounced as hua in Mandarin.

A fall view.

Cant recall what was the building behind me, could be a Taoist shrine.

The North Peak is 1614 meters high. It is also known as the Cloud Terrace Peak as it is surrounded by cliffs on all sides which makes it look like a flat terrace in the clouds. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Xian Day 4: Cable Car Ride Up Huashan

The high speed train to Huashan stops at the Huashan north station.

Some statues playing Chinese musical instruments outside the station.

The visitor center of Huashan. The entrance to Huashan is RMB220 (about CAD37) per person.

There is a 3D miniature landscape of Huashan under glass display where we can walk on in the visitor center.

It was a pretty misty day, more so in the mountain. We explore the surroundings a bit before boarding the cable car up Huashan. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Xian Day 4: Taking the High Speed Train to Huashan

Day 4 was designated for Huashan which is located 120 kilometers east of  the city of Xian. We took the metro to the high speed railway station from the Zhonglou Zhan (Bell Tower Station).

The metro line in Xian is relatively new. The station is clean and not crowded.

The ticket dispenser. The fare to the high speed railway station is RMB3 (CAD0.50) per person.

You will never find such empty train in Beijing.

The high speed train to Huashan. The fare is RMB55 (about CAD9) per person. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Xian Day 3: Dinner

We had dinner at Master Kong upon return to the Xian railway station.

We ordered some marinated beef tripe and tendon for appetizer.

Ben had a spicy beef noodle with mixed meat for my main. It was perfect for a cold fall night.

Our noodles came with some sides; marinated tofu and peanuts, stir fried wood ears and marinated eggs. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Xian Day 3: Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum

After visiting the Terracotta Warriors site, we took a shuttle bus to the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum.

Qin Shi Huang was the first Qin Emperor and also the first emperor of China. The Mausoleum of Emperor Qin shi Huang is the largest imperial tomb in China.

Actually, there is not much to be seen here. The hill in the above picture is believed to be the site of the underground palace. However, excavation had been hold off to preserve the mausoleum. This is to prevent the same mistake made in the excavation of the Terracotta Warriors where the painted decoration quickly lost it’s colour when exposed to air. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Xian Day 3: Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors site is the most popular tourist attraction of Shaanxi.

We came across some sculptures of horses before reaching the pits where the Terracotta Warriors were found. There were 3 pits that we visited.

The site of the Terracotta Warriors was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.

A mural along the way to the pits. I remembered it was a long walk before we reached the pits.

The buildings at the background house the pits where the Terracotta Warriors were found.

Rows and rows of Terracotta warriors in Pit No. 1.

Pit No. 1 is the largest and the first to be opened to the public in 1979. There are over 6,000 Terracotta Warriors and horses in this pit. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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