Xi’an

Xi’an

is a Chinese city become popular above all because in its area were discovered the Terracotta Warriors.
It was also the first stop of our journey in China, and the first impact with Chinese culture.
We had booked in a hostel, even if i was rather perplexed and i felt rather too old to stay in a Youth Hostel. The place was the Xi’an Xiangzimen International Youth Hostel and we were very surprised, because our room was wide and nice, with all comforts. The hall was so typically Chinese and it was a pleasure to stay there drinking a coffee (rather good) or a beer. the boys at the reception were very clever and with them we booked our trip to the Terracotta Warriors.

Xi'anTerracotta Warriors

Xi’anTerracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

Unfortunately, the day after the weather was ugly and, when we got to our destination, it started pouring. We were forced to buy an umbrella and luckily er could enter the huge pavilion that hosts this famous attraction.
I am not going to tell you the historical events, because you can easily find them on Wikipedia.

I only tell you that we couldn’t appreciate the Terracotta Warriors as we wanted because of the unbelievable crowd. Not only it was difficult to see it, but also the photos we took are not very good quality, because there was always someone who pushed us, bumped into us or stayed just in front of us!
However I must say that it was a great emotion to be in front of these statues, so many and huge, with their weapons, horses, carriages. It is one of those things you must see at least once in your life!
The pavilion is sorrounded by wonderful gardens; it would have been nice to have a walk there, but the rain didn’t stop for a minute!

 Xi’an City Walls

Xi'an City Walls

Xi’an City Walls

The day after the sun was shining again and so we decided to visit Xi’an: we started from the City Walls. They enclose an area of 14 square km and you can walk while admiring the roofs. If you are very lazy, you can rent a bike or go round with a golf cart. We decided to walk, but it was really very hot, and after 3 or 4 km we decided to go down

Muslim Street Market

Simply by chance, we found ourselves in a muslim market! it is absolutely wonderful and you cannot miss it! It covers a wide area, but there are so many colours and smells, and shouting people. I can swear I have never seen so many strange and funny things, even if it was difficult to walk, because the street was rather narrow and very crowded! But if you are in Xi’an, I advise you to visit it

Bell Tower and Drum Tower

Drum and Bell Tower

Drum and Bell Tower

Finally, just in the centre of the city, there are two towers, the Bell Tower and The Drum Tower. Both are considered as the symbol of the city, the former is so called because it hosts several ancient bronze bells. The second instead takes its name from the huge drums kept inside it. They say that in ancient past the bells rang to announce the coming of the new day; the drums instead were played to announce the arrival of darkness.
Even the two towers cannot be missed, especially at night when they are completely lighted!
So, as you can see, Xi’an isn’t only the Terracotta Warriors!

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