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Xi’an: Day 3 | 西安:第三天

5月26日

If I had one day of regrets, this was the day. After the second day, we both felt so exhausted we thought to ourselves – hey, let’s take it easy today. Let’s visit places close by where we live.

So, we decided to go to the City Wall since it right opposite where we lived. The day started well but ended with us both feeling like we were going to faint. I want to start off by mentioning the weather this day was also around 35 degrees and we had decided to ride bikes around the City Wall. The City Wall in total is around 13km and for some reason, we decided to ride the bikes from 1 – 3pm. Even though we got there at 11. So…many..regrets….

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First thing you see when you enter

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The first 15 minutes of the bike ride was quite pleasant and we were like…hey! this is not too bad after all but after the first hour or so had passed, it started to feel like a calm ride around the wall and more like a chore that needed to be completed asap. All I remember thinking was how much I wanted to be able to finish the course and go home and lie in our air-conditioned room. Sue echoed my sentiments.

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Note to self part 2: Don’t ride bikes/do any strenuous activity in 35 degree weather, especially, during 1 – 3pm. This is a short post because after that bike ride, we were both felt like we had some sort of heatstroke and decided to skip going to Beilin Museum and just go home lolol.

We vowed to ourselves to actually take it easy the next 2 days, especially since it was going to be 36 – 37 degrees and just spend our days eating the street food and shopping.

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Xi’an: Day 1 | 西安:第一天

5月23日 – 5月24日

Left Ningbo super early on the 23rd (day after my exams!) because I had an early flight to Xi’an! Thought it’d be nice to ‘treat myself’ a little after exams, and also because I felt like, after being in China for so long, I still hadn’t been to a lot of places in China? Except for my hometown or Shanghai. I’ve been to quite a number of cities in the Zhejiang, Fujian area of China so I wanted to try go somewhere much further than I was used to. Sue and I had been talking about taking a trip together and in the end, a week before we decided to leave, we booked our flights to Xi’an (super last minute).

I’m grouping the first half-day in Xi’an with this post otherwise it wouldn’t been a super short post. We were both pretty tired from waking up really early and Xi’an was a lot more humid than our respective cities so we took a reaaalllly long nap before even doing anything. We left our room around 8/9pm to check out the Muslim Street Market which was also close to the Bell/Clock Tower (钟楼/鼓楼). The place we were staying was right in the city centre and opposite the City Wall 西安城墙 so it was really centrally located, which is something that really saved us in last 2 days but we’ll get to that later.

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City Wall 城墙

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Clock/Bell Tower

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Check out that SK-II promotion

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Muslim Street Market

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Yoghurt Rolls?

(Official) Day 1 in Xi’an:
We were very ambitious on our first full day in Xi’an. We decided to hit up 3 places – Shaanxi History Museum, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Paradise. I actually really enjoyed myself this day!! Most likely because it was quite chill and the weather was slightly bearable and also because a lot of the times, we were just strolling around under shade or inside air-conditioned rooms HAHA. I really liked the Terracotta Warriors exhibit of the museum :B

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Shaanxi History Museum 陕西历史博物馆

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Shaanxi History Museum 陕西历史博物馆

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Shaanxi History Museum 陕西历史博物馆

Second stop was the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda (why such a long name when the chinese is 3 characters?). This place was also really nice!! We climbed to the top of the pagoda and the view was pretty damn great.

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Giant Wild Goose Pagoda 大雁塔

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Giant Wild Goose Pagoda 大雁塔

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The view from the top of the Pagoda

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Third and final stop of the day was a bit of a last minute decision. We were actually going to head to Beilin Museum which is a museum of stone carvings(?) I believe as this place was really close to where we lived but on the bus to that place, we passed by Tang Paradise and we made a last minute decision to get off here and check it out and I’m so glad we did!! This place is so beautiful and it’s right next to the Pagoda, so I’d highly recommend checking it out after visiting the Pagoda if you go to Xi’an.

Most of the garden is man-made but (according to Wikipedia, always a reliable source, I know), the garden is at or close to a garden complex in the Tang Dynasty. The entire park is built to replicate the buildings and style of the Tang Dynasty and it is so so so beautiful. I really really loved this place. There are also lots of shows, light shows etc at this place but we didn’t stay long enough for that since we were both pretty tired towards the end of the day haha.

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Tang Paradise 大唐芙蓉园

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Tang Paradise 大唐芙蓉园

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Tang Paradise 大唐芙蓉园

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Tang Paradise 大唐芙蓉园

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~Candid~

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#deepthoughtsonly

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Tang Paradise 大唐芙蓉园

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Tang Paradise 大唐芙蓉园

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Tang Paradise 大唐芙蓉园

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Journey to the West characters 西游记

That’s it for Day 1! Stay tuned for Day 2: Fancy Baths & Mountains, Terracotta Warriors & Tombs.

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