A Textured City

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This is the beginning of the second half of our fourteen-day adventure. Thank you for taking time to read.

There’s really something about this old city of Xi’an that makes me want to walk aimlessly and simply get lost in it.

Walking from Xi'an Mehood Hotel to the Great Mosque allowed us to pass through old streets with great character.

Walking from Xi’an Mehood Hotel to the Muslim Quarters allowed us to pass through old streets with great character.

I loved to stop again, and again, to buy various food and drinks to try. This time, it was this yummy black glutinous rice cake.

I loved to stop again and again, to buy various food and drinks to try. This time, it was this yummy black glutinous rice cake.

Skewers ready to be grilled

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A man pressing fresh pomegranate juice.

The Great Mosque of Xi’an (西安大清真)

For this relaxing day, we plan to first visit the oldest mosque in China: The Great Mosque of Xi’an. According to Wikipedia, it was founded in yr.742 during Tang dynasty. What exists today was mostly constructed during Ming and Qing dynasties.

Entrance to the mosque

Entrance to the mosque

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Today, it is one of the popular tourist sites in Xi’an, but it is still actively used as a place of worship.

Main area of worship

Main area of worship

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Gao Family Courtyard 144

Located in the Muslim quarters, this quaint little compound is nothing new to us at this point in time. I still requested that we visit this because they offer shadow puppet shows, similar to the one in Karate Kid Jacky Chan Edition. We had a nice time taking pictures here.

Unassuming entrance to the ancient-styled folk house at 144 bei yuan men.

Unassuming entrance to the ancient-styled folk house at 144 bei yuan men.

For cny30, we got a chance to watch a puppet show.

For cny30, we got a chance to watch a puppet show.

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It was funny, even when i couldn't understand anything.

It was funny, even when i couldn’t understand anything.

Picture with the puppet master after the show.

Picture with the puppet master after the show.

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According to George, this house is noted for its screens.

According to George, this house is noted for its screens.

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Lao Sun Jia (老孙家)

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It was only now when I am writing my blog that I found out that we had our lunch in the most famous restaurant that served Unleavened bread in Mutton/Beef Stew (优质 羊/牛 肉泡馍).

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Muslim Quarters

A little bit of shopping, food tasting, and wandering about.

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Drum and Bell Towers

We opted to simply take a picture outside drum tower. Unknowingly, there was a discount if you buy tickets for the two sites. We used the underground maze to cross to the bell tower. There, we had a view of the City. We also got a chance to listen to poorly performing Chinese orchestra.

Drum Tower

Drum Tower

A garden filled with tulips.

A garden filled with tulips.

Underpass Extreme

Underpass Extreme

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View from the bell tower. Across it was the drum tower.

View from the bell tower. Across it was the drum tower.

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Er hu was mic-ed louder than the bells.

Er hu was mic-ed louder than the bells.

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We saw these government bicycles for rent when we were walking back to the hotel.

We saw these government bicycles for rent when we were walking back to the hotel.

Nap Time

Since we were in no rush, and have nowhere specific to go, we opted to go back to the hotel early to rest from 4pm to 730pm. This power nap gave us more energy to walk back to the Muslim quarters that night, to taste the vibe of this city some more.

Street Food

Time for dinner! I requested for street food tonight, and that’s what we had. We walked back to the Muslim quarters, and there we ate beef bbq.

Chinese word for skewer is 串. Pictograph!

Chinese word for skewer is 串. Pictograph!

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Mutton pancake maker.

Mutton pancake maker.

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George, trying to steal my spotlight.

George, trying to steal my spotlight.

Chinese Foot Massage

Walking back to our hotel, Fil, Dalvin and I stopped by to have foot massage. It was so-so.

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Another Train Ride

The next day, we took the subway to the train station. It was very convenient.

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Just tap

Just tap

My wonderful manly husband carried my bag down along with his.

My wonderful manly husband carried my bag down along with his.

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Being good boys and girls.

Being good boys and girls.

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Xi’an North Station was quite big and not very busy. We had to line up in front of our terminal.

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On to our next destination. Thank you Xi’an for all the wonderful memories!

April 21, 20152015-04-21 12.21.14To read about our next adventure in Luoyang, click here.

To read about our entire travel itinerary, click here.

To go back to our first day in Xi’an, click here.

 

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