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Going for dinner in Korea Town- Xi’an, China


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When I made my initial plans for China, Xi’an was merely a stopover.  However, I quickly fell in love with this city and discovered many wonderful sights and activities. Here are my Top 5!

  1. Terra Cotta Warriors – Dating back to 210 BC, the Terra Cotta Warriors were the brain child of Emporer Qin Shi Huang.  There are 3 different pits at the site, containing roughly 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 520 horses and 120 calvary horses.   The one thing that struck me the most during my visit, was that every warrior is different.  It’s an amazing thing.  Although I took a tour, my suggestion is to go alone.  There is a lot to see and having your own space can be a good thing. Admission Y90
  2. Big Wild Goose Pagoda– Completed in AD 652 to house the Buddhist sutras brought back from India by the monk Xuan Zang.  The pagoda and surrounding buildings are beautiful.  Unlike some pagodas in China, you can choose to climb to the top of this one for Y20- something I intend to do on my next trip!  Take some time, there is a lot to see and even though it’s a very popular sight, it can still be very peaceful and inviting. Admisson Y25
  3. Bell Tower–  (pictured at the top of this post) Originally located 2 blocks west of its current location, the Bell Tower once held a large bell that was rung at dawn each day.  There are musical performances held inside from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Entrance to the Bell Tower is located on the north side of the underpass.  The views are wonderful, especially on a clear day and yes, there are clear days in Xi’an when you can actually see a blue sky! Admission Y20
  4. Great Mosque– I’ve written posts about my love for the Great Mosque and the experiences I had there with the locals.  It can be a challenge to find, so if you’re directionally challenged, take a map or guidebook with you.  The Mosque is beautiful, old and surprisingly peaceful for being in the centre of the city.  I met the most wonderful locals, I drank the most wonderful jasmine tea and ate some very spicy steamed buns.  Take some time, explore and enjoy the serenity. Admission Y12
  5. Tang Dynasty Dinner TheatreIt’s not the cheapest activity, but it’s worth the money, trust me!  The theatre (located outside the city walls) is beyond beautiful, ornamented with lots of red velvet and gold leaf.  The hostesses were beautiful in their gold and white gowns.  Dinner consists of a variety of dumplings, and very filling.  The show was one of the best I’ve seen.  Lots of singing and dancing and gorgeous costumes.  Compared to other shows I saw in China, this one was by far my favourite. Tickets Y410

Xi’an has a lot to offer, and there are some great finds.  I was lucky enough to get to know some locals who turned me on to Korean Town, great shopping and more.  But that’s another post.

If you’re going to China, go to Xi’an.  But don’t rush it.  Take your time and enjoy what this wonderful city has to offer.

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2 days after my arrival in Beijing I took a trip to the Great Wall of China at Mutanyu, where I purchased some wonderful dried fruits and yummy nuts from this sweet man.  One of my purchases was brazil nuts- I have no clue what they’re called in China.  When I buy them here in Canada they’re good, but there’s always bad ones in the mix.  The nuts I bought from this man were amazing.  They were fresh and oh so yummy.  I became obsessed.

I looked everywhere for these nuts.  I walked into every shop I saw, looking for brazil nuts and having no clue how to describe them.  In Xi’an I asked a local girl from the hostel I was staying at, she had no clue what I was talking about.  I spent the remainder of my trip looking for these yummy nuts and wishing I had bought more of them from the sweet old man.

Fast forward about 3 weeks. I’m sitting at home in Canada, looking through my photos of my trip to China.  I come across a photo of a huge mound of dried kiwi.  I remember taking this photo in the Islamic Quarter of Xi’an because the colour was so vivid.

Do you see what I saw then?  Right above the Kiwi are bags and bags of you guessed it… Brazil Nuts!  Oh, the cursing I did when I saw those nuts there.  I was so caught up in the colour of the kiwi fruit that I was too blind to see what I had been looking for all along!

Needless to say, when I return to China later this year I’ll be making my way to the Islamic Quarter in Xi’an to buy a whole bunch of Brazil Nuts.

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