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Xi'an

Blog Entry 39

Our first impression of Xi'an was one of laziness...
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crazy drivers...
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filthy carpets...
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and a greyish brown...
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Fortunately our second impression occurred whilst wandering through the Muslim Quarter; a Chinese Muslim community full of restaurants, street vendors, market stalls, men in hipster skullcaps, a breathing cat, and the occasional kid playing on a construction site at 2am...
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Who wouldn't want to own a cricket in a cage?
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Jerks, that's who.
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Like most cities in China, Xi'an has a bell tower...
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and a big wall around it....
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Brad thought running a 14km lap on the wall in 40 degree heat and stifling pollution would be a great idea.
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His weeping, moaning, and internal bleeding suggested otherwise.
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If you want to get to the Terracotta Warriors, take one of two buses: they look the same, they cost the same, they are stationed side by side, and their drivers wear the same uniform. The difference is that one takes you directly to the Warriors; the other takes you to numerous souvenir shops, sites with entry fees, and eventually to a fake Warriors site. Surprisingly, we chose correctly.

Hanging, dead animals wasn't quite the greeting we had expected. Then again, neither was the Starbucks and Subway.
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Seeing heaps of statues in a really big shed was as exciting as seeing heaps of statues in a really big shed...
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The "No Photo's" sign in the on-site excavation area was nothing more than a challenge...
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Next stop: Emeishan. 谢谢.

Posted by 2 Idiots Abroad 06:42 Archived in China Tagged muslim wall xi'an fortress terracotta warriors quarter scam Comments (0)

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