Xian Day 2: Drum Tower

We started day 2 with breakfast in McDonalds’.

Xian-Day-2-The-Drum-Tower-1

I kind of like the above burger with grilled meat instead of the ground meat patty.

Xian-Day-2-The-Drum-Tower-3

After breakfast, we went to the Drum Tower. The Drum Tower is located in the central part of the city. The entrance to the Drum Tower is RMB27 (about CAD4.50) per person.

Xian-Day-2-The-Drum-Tower-2

The drum on the Drum Tower was beaten to indicate the end of the day in the old days. (more…)

Continue ReadingXian Day 2: Drum Tower

Xian Day 1: Dinner

It’s dinner time when we finished our bike ride on the City Wall.

Xian-Day-1-Dinner-1

We went to a shopping district to look for something to eat.

Xian-Day-1-Dinner-2

We ended up at a fast food kind of place. Ben ordered a stewed pork rice. It came with a marinated egg and various vegetables.

Xian-Day-1-Dinner-3

The rice combo also include a tomato soup. (more…)

Continue ReadingXian Day 1: Dinner

Xian Day 1: Biking on the City Wall

We headed to the City Wall after exploring the Muslim Quarter.

Xian-Day-1-Biking-On-City-Wall-1

Xian City Wall is the most complete city wall that has survived in China. It is also one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Xian-Day-1-Biking-On-City-Wall-2

The wall now stands 12 meters (40 feet) tall, 12-14 meters (40-46 feet) wide at the top and 15-18 meters (50-60 feet) thick at the bottom.

Xian-Day-1-Biking-On-City-Wall-17

The entrance to the City Wall is RMB40 (CAD6.70) per person.

Xian-Day-1-Biking-On-City-Wall-4

A gate tower on the wall.

Xian-Day-1-Biking-On-City-Wall-9

We decided to rent cycle around the city wall which covers 13.7 kilometers (8.5 miles) in length. It is way too far to walk. We wanted to rent a tandem bicycle since I have not ride a bike for a long while. Unfortunately, tandem bicycles were all rented out already. So, we settled with the last two bicycles. It took me a while to get used to riding on a bike again. The rental was RMB40 (CAD6.70) for two bicycles. The ride on the city wall was a bumpy ride with a brick missing here and there.

Xian-Day-1-Biking-On-City-Wall-5

Following are various scenes from the city wall. Enjoy. (more…)

Continue ReadingXian Day 1: Biking on the City Wall

Xian Day 1: Snacking in Muslim Quarter

We snacked along the way during our exploration of the Muslim Quarter.

Xian-Day-1-Snacking-in-Muslim-Quarters-1

Pan fried dumplings with various meat.

Xian-Day-1-Snacking-in-Muslim-Quarters-2

Look at that big pot of chili paste to go with the pan fried dumplings.

Xian-Day-1-Snacking-in-Muslim-Quarters-3

We bought some to try. The dumplings were fried to golden brown and very crispy on the outside. They were RMB8 (about CAD1.35).

Xian-Day-1-Snacking-in-Muslim-Quarters-4

We would try anything with the word traditional. Good thing they have English on their sign.

Xian-Day-1-Snacking-in-Muslim-Quarters-5

The eight treasure rice pudding is smeared with some sweetish sauce and topped with crushed peanuts. This is RMB2 (CAD0.35). (more…)

Continue ReadingXian Day 1: Snacking in Muslim Quarter

Xian Day 1: Exploring Muslim Quarter

The fountain was a welcoming site due to the haziness of Xian. Xian is much more hazy than Beijing.

Xian-Day-1-The-Muslim-Quarters-1

The building at the background is the Drum Tower. I will cover our visit to the Drum Tower later. We were not able to visit the B ell Tower because it’s closed for renovation.

Xian-Day-1-The-Muslim-Quarters-2

Statues of street vendors found near the entrance to the Muslim Quarter.

Islam was brought to China during the Tang dynasty by Arab traders. The capital of Tang dynasty was Changán or presently known as Xian.

Xian-Day-1-The-Muslim-Quarters-3

The street was very busy. Shops and restaurants lined the street.

Xian-Day-1-The-Muslim-Quarters-4

Lots of variety of red dates (jujube), big and small. (more…)

Continue ReadingXian Day 1: Exploring Muslim Quarter

Xian Day 1: Breakfast

After checked in to the hotel, we went out to look for our second breakfast.

Xian-Day-1-Breakfast-1

Not far the hotel, we saw the above steamed buns vendor busy selling steaming hot buns.

Xian-Day-1-Breakfast-2

We decided to get one to try. It was only RMB1 (about CAD0.15) each. So cheap.

Xian-Day-1-Breakfast-3

We got one with meat filing. It was very good for CAD0.15.  There were many workers bought the steamed buns to go. We also saw groups of workers exercising before they start work. (more…)

Continue ReadingXian Day 1: Breakfast

Flying from Beijing to Xian via China Eastern Airline

We had an early flight from Beijing to Xian. We booked the flight and hotel stay for 4 nights via the internet for CAD$693.

From-Beijing-to-Xian-via-China-Eastern-Airline-3

The flight from Beijing to Xian is via China Eastern.

From-Beijing-to-Xian-via-China-Eastern-Airline-1

China Eastern Air Holding Company is one of the three largest major air transport companies in China. It’s headquarter in Shanghai and it’s major hubs include Xian and Kunming.

From-Beijing-to-Xian-via-China-Eastern-Airline-2

I had the window seat this time round since it’s just a short trip, 2 hours 15mins. For long haul flight, I prefer the aisle seat for the convenience of going to the washroom.

From-Beijing-to-Xian-via-China-Eastern-Airline-4

A bird’s eye view of Beijing from the air. (more…)

Continue ReadingFlying from Beijing to Xian via China Eastern Airline

Beijing Day 9: Dinner

We kind of skipped lunch and just had some pastries and buns for snack as the noodles we had for breakfast was quite filling. We went out for dinner after we packed our luggage, ready for an early flight to Xian the next morning.

Beijing-Day-9-Dinner-7

We went to this Sichuanese restaurant. We asked for a non smoking area but it’s of no effect as people still smoke whenever they like. That’s one habit that I find it hard to tolerate.

Beijing-Day-9-Dinner-1

We had a salad for appetizer. I like the light vinegarish dressing and the peanuts adds crunchiness to it.

Beijing-Day-9-Dinner-2

A lamb stew. This is great with steamed rice to soak up the soupy sauce. (more…)

Continue ReadingBeijing Day 9: Dinner