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.
The Great Mosque of Xi’an (西安大清真寺)
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.
Today, it is one of the popular tourist sites in Xi’an, but it is still actively used as a place of worship.
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.
Lao Sun Jia （老孙家）
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).
A little bit of shopping, food tasting, and wandering about.
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.
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.
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 Foot Massage
Walking back to our hotel, Fil, Dalvin and I stopped by to have foot massage. It was so-so.
Another Train Ride
The next day, we took the subway to the train station. It was very convenient.
Xi’an North Station was quite big and not very busy. We had to line up in front of our terminal.
On to our next destination. Thank you Xi’an for all the wonderful memories!
To 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.