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Shaanxi

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  • Day18

    We took the night train from Beijing to Xi’an mainly to take a peek at the Terracotta warriors museum. Once again, the chinese trains surprised us with clean and comfortable 4 bed cabins that we shared with two quiet and kind locals.
    Xi’an is an important landmark of the Chinese culture as it was the capital of the Qin dynasty, the first to unify most of China. The Terracotta army was secretly ordered by the Qin emperor around 200 years BC and only found in 1975. Our curiosity on the lengthy Chinese history and culture is growing as we move around. We read more and more about it everyday.
    In Xi’an we wandered and got lost inside the busy area within the old Ming city walls despite the rainy weather. What we loved the most was the crowded Muslim quarter, where we took some risk to try some local specialities of street food. The Big Wild Goose square Pagoda from the Tang era failed to impress us, and tickets were a rip-off just to access the garden.
    Around one hour away from the city was the place that delighted our eyes and left us speechless and totally amazed: the Terracotta Warriors Museum. This 8th wonder of the world is worth by itself the visit to China. Around 7000 terracotta warriors, human size, all slightly different, made using advanced techniques and science more that 2000 thousand years ago. Most of it is still unearthed as well as the emperor’s mausoleum. The history and facts behind were totally worth a read that made us appreciate this wonder from a different perspective.
    Next: Tibet!
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  • Day28

    29 Tag Xian

    May 9 in China

    Wir waren heute die berühmte Terrakotta Armee anschauen. Wir gingen hin und waren sehr gespannt auf die Armee, das Problem ist nur, dass es gar nicht spannend war. Wir waren so damit beschäftigt der chinesischen Menschenmenge auszuweichen. Die Leute waren noch frecher als gedacht, sie weichen kein Zentimeter zur Seite und einer hätte mich fast erdrückt, um ein Foto mit der Armee zu haben, er hat sogar meine Eltern angebrüllt.

    #ultra frech
    #Terrakotta
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  • Day27

    28 Tag Pingyao Xi'an

    May 8 in China

    Heute schlenderten wir ein bischen durch die Stadt. Wir machten eigentlich nichts, nichts ausser zaubern. Wir sahen in der Ecke einen Besen und uns machte uns mega spass durch die gegend zu hexen. Jetzt bin ich entgültig Malfoy 2.0. Danach ging es mit dem Zug nach Xi‘an wo wir unse neues cooles Hotel begrüssten.

    #Malfoy
    #Xi‘an

  • Day114

    Leuchtendes Xi'an

    May 30 in China

    Ausgeschlafen kamen wir fast pünktlich mit dem Nachtzug in Xi‘an an. In der ehemaligen Hauptstadt standen wir dann aber zuerst einmal vor verschlossenen Türen - irgendwie hat das mit dem Apartment nicht ganz geklappt und der Vermieter ist auch nach mehrmaligem Anruf nicht erschienen. Zum Glück haben wir gleich nebenan eine gute Hotelkette gefunden, welche uns aufnahm. 🤨☺️ Wir blieben insgesamt 3 Tage in der kleinen Millionenstadt mitten in China und besuchten neben der Altstadt auch die Terrakottaarmee.

    Letztere bewacht die Grabanlage des früheren chinesischen Kaisers - Qín Shîhuángdí - welcher im Jahr 210 v. Chr. darin beigesetzt wurde. Die Soldatenfiguren der Terrakottaarmee wurden erst im späten 20. Jahrhundert zufällig bei Feldarbeiten der Bauern entdeckt. Erst ein kleiner Teil der zirka 8000 Soldaten ist bereits restauriert und komplettiert, der Rest liegt immernoch in unzähligen Puzzleteilen verteilt in der Erde - da wartet noch eine Menge Arbeit auf die Archäologen. 🤷‍♂️ Nach eigenen Aussagen zählt die Terrakottaarmee als 8. Weltwunder und gehört zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Das Beeindruckendste an den über 2000 Jahre alten Soldaten ist die detailierte und realgetreue Bauweise - ein Meisterwerk der Antike!

    Auch die Altstadt Xi‘ans besticht durch die Antike. Die Eingangstore der Stadtmauer (welche man mit dem Fahrrad erkunden kann) sowie der Glocken- und Trommelturm sind sehr gut erhalten. Abends verwandeln sich diese Sehenswürdigkeiten, gemeinsam mit den umliegenden Parks, in eine liebevoll dekorierte und beleuchtete Festung. Die Stadt gibt sich richtig Mühe, damit Xi‘an auch allen Besuchern als die beleuchtete Stadt in Erinnerung bleibt.

    Nun bringt uns der Nachtzug von Xi‘an direkt nach Shanghai - dem Wirtschaftszentrum Chinas, wo anscheinend alles anders sein soll, als im übrigen China! Wir sind gespannt! 🤨
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  • Day29

    Tag 28 Pingyao / Xian

    May 8 in China

    Nachdem Frühstück haben wir nochmals die Altstadt besucht und dann gings am Nachmittag mit dem Hochgeschwindigkeitszug nach Xian. Die Fahrt dauerte nicht ganz drei Stunden und war im Vergleich zu der anderen Zugfahrt purer Luxus!!! Man muss sich mal vorstellen, dass wir mit diesem Schnellzug in drei Stunden mehr Kilometer zurückgelegt haben als mit dem hässlichen Bummler in sieben Stunden😯.

    Fotos gibt es keine. Das Internet ist überfordert damit😉.
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  • Day30

    Tag 29 Xian

    May 9 in China

    Wir besuchten heute mit grossen Erwartungen die berühmte Terrakotta-Armee von Xian. Wahrscheinlich mit zuviel Erwatungen. Erwartet haben uns nebst den 8000 Tonsoldaten, mindestens doppelt soviele Menschen. Die waren die wirklichen „Krieger“. Ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste. Vor lauter drängeln und schubsen war fötele fast unmöglich. Als eine „Kriegerin“ mich so geschubst hat, dass mir beinahe die Kamera aus der Hand viel, war ich schon leicht angesäuert. Als dann aber ein anderer „älterer Krieger“ noch fast auf Levin fiel, nur um was zu sehen, war fertig lustig. In perfektem, fehlerfreiem und unzensierten Schweizerdeutsch habe ich mich klar und deutlich ausgedrückt, was ich von seinem Verhalten halte. Wohl oder übel musste dann auch Patrik zum Krieger (eher Soldaten) werden😂. Wir haben uns dann, ganz schweizerisch, für den Rückzug entschieden. Levin hat sich halbtod gelacht😂.Auch an diesem Tag sind wir um eine Erfahrung reicher und lachen immer noch über die Szene.
    Wir freuen uns jetzt ganz fest auf eine Reise mit dem Flugzeug ✈️ nach Shanghai.
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  • Day71

    Mount Huashan to Xi'an

    July 23 in China

    Today we will drive to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! On arrival we will have a free afternoon to explore the city of Xi'an, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter. In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities. Skytel Hotel, 32 South Avenue, Beilin District, Xi'an, +86 298 763 2222.

    16:00h:
    Wir fahren von der Talstation „Mount Huashan“ direkt nach Xi‘an.

    23:00h:
    Meine Heidi geht in Xi'an um 23:00h zum Friseur und ist um 01:00h fertig. Unglaublich was es für Dienstleistungen in China gibt.

    Text von Wolfgang
    ÖFFENTLICH
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  • Day49

    Nǐ hǎo Xi-an

    May 19 in China

    Overnight train to Xi’an

    I would like to say that my first overnight train experience in China was an enjoyable one, but sadly I was yet again cursed with a snorer in the neighbouring bunk. I couldn’t have been more wrong to say that Russian-snorer-train-man was the worst snorer in the world. His Chinese counterpart was so so much worse. It honestly was one of the most unbearable nights sleep I’ve ever had. If I had tears to cry I would have but I think the intense heat in Shanghai had sweat out all my excess water. How I slept at all is a mystery to me. Aside from this evil man, the train itself was actually very nice. Third class or “hard sleeper” on the Chinese trains was actually much nicer than the Russian trains. It is an open compartment too and has six bunks in each section, like on the Russian trains, however on the Chinese train the six bunks are actually three pairs on top of each other. And my first journey had me on the top bunk. Surprisingly enough it was easy to climb up to the bunk and I was right next to the air-conditioning vent which was a godsend. So I would have had a very comfortable sleep had evil-snorer-man not been there. Oh well...

    Day 1

    Needless to say when I arrived in Xi’an I was pretty tired, even though it was 10am and I should have been raring to do some sightseeing. I found my hostel and gave myself an hour of downtime before I went out. From my research I found that aside from the Terracotta warriors, there wasn’t a huge amount to do in the city. As I had three days planned here I decided to have a fairly relaxed first day. My first port of call was a vegan restaurant near a Buddhist temple on the outside of the ancient city wall. I found it fairly easily using the directions from the Happy Cow website and had a very nice lunch of lotus nuts and snap peas salad and some dumplings in a sweet and sour soup. After being refuelled I headed back into the city walls and walked around a local antique market. I think “antique” might mean something different here as it was predominately a food market. Still a nice atmosphere for walking around. By this point my lack of sleep was starting to catch up to me so I decided to admit defeat and head back to the hostel and hang out (have a nap) on the rooftop terrace. I woke up a couple hours later and discovered that one of the guys I had met at my hostel in Beijing hostel was also staying in my hostel here. We caught each other up on our past week and then decided to go to the Muslim quarter to see the old Mosque and the food market. The Mosque was a nice change from all the Buddhist temples I’d seen up to this point, and was very different from any mosque I had seen before, no minaret or domes in sight. We walked around for a few minutes as it was a functioning mosque and then headed to the food market. The market was exactly what you expect of a Chinese outdoor food market. Here you could try such local delicacies as pigs feet, whole fried crabs (shell included), squid, nitrogen frozen coloured rice balls, cold chili noodles. Suffice to say 90% of the food here was definitely not vegan. Still a pretty cool place to walk around and people watch. It was definitely a feast for the senses. After the market as it was still fairly early we headed to a nearby park where by chance we stumbled across a roller disco! As if we could say no to this sign from above! Well this was probably one of the funniest experiences I have had in China. We were definitely the only tourists in sight. Let me tell you rollerblading after the age of ten is not easy! But there were definitely some pros in that venue. Now when you go ice skating in the UK (as I don’t think we have many of these roller disco venues) everyone skates in the same direction. Not here. Most people skate clockwise around the room. But the really good rollerskaters like to skate in the opposite direction, extremely fast and backwards! Pretty intimidating! Most of my time was spent squealing every time they flew past with my hands over my face. Still me and my Irish chum had a good laugh skating around and taking brakes to watch the locals. After our trip to the 80s we headed back to the hostel and chatted with some of the other travellers.

    Day 2

    I got up early today so that I could get the local bus to see the Terracotta Warriors. An Australian guy (Gene) who I had met the night before decided to join me and together we figured out which bus to get on and made the hour journey to the museum site. I had read that the warriors, which were only discovered in 1974 by accident when some local farmers were trying to dig a well, were displayed in three pits which have been covered by temperature regulated buildings. Pit 1 is the largest and has all the lower ranked soldiers, then pit 2 and then pit 3 is the smallest and has the officers of the army. I had read that it was best to see them in reverse order so that we finish with the biggest and the one with the most wow factor. Pit 3 was fairly small and only had a few soldiers in it, most of which were missing heads, something which happened during the excavation. Pit 2 was pretty big but was mainly excavated tunnels with only a few warriors in it. When we got to Pit 1, which is actually in a giant aircraft carrier, we entered from the main entrance so we could have our first view be the one that you see in pictures. The place was pretty packed with tourists, but we managed to push our way to the front barrier and were greeted by over 6000 warriors lined in 10 trenches. It is a pretty impressive sight to behold. Especially when it is said that not two soldiers is alike. All this to guard a kings tomb. We walked around the edge of the hanger taking pictures at different angles, weaving through the numerous tour groups. After an hour and a half at the site we decided we had seen enough and made our way back to the bus stop, through the weird theme-park-esque street which had been built to accommodate all the prospective tourists (Macdonalds, KFC, Subway and Haagen Dazs were all represented). Back in the city we parted ways and I headed back to the vegan restaurant for lunch, hoping to sample two new dishes. Unfortunately due to the language barrier I was brought the same two dishes I had yesterday. Slightly disappointed but fuelled nonetheless I headed back to the hostel for yet another afternoon nap (the heat is definitely starting to take its toll on me). When I woke up me and the Aussie decided to head to the food market again where I watched him eat three whole fried crabs, shell and all, and a weird green tea ice cream. I was still pretty full from my lunch so just had a sugar cane juice (very sweet, wouldn’t have again) and some nondescript dried fruit. After the market we headed back to the hostel and made plans to cycle the city wall the next day.

    Day 3

    Gene and I decided to start early as he was getting a train in the afternoon. We got to the wall at around 10am and hired our bikes from the first vendor. They gave us a three hour time slot but I had read that it takes around half the time to cycle the whole route. The wall is around 14km long and is surrounded by a moat and is one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in China. It was quite a nice way to ride a bike in the city as there was no risk of being hit by a car or moped. Although there were a few pedestrians to avoid. We did the whole route in just under an hour and a half, with a stop in each corner (on my request as even though it was flat the old bricks didn’t make it the smoothest ride). Unfortunately it wasn’t the nicest day, quite grey, so the views weren’t amazing, but it was definitely a nice way to spend a morning. After our bike ride we were pretty hungry so once again headed to the Muslim food market, where I actually braved trying a few dishes (which I was 95% sure were vegan). I had the cold chili noodles (very nice), tofu in hot sauce (bit too hot for me), a crispy fried banana (yum) and some fresh coconut milk (my favourite). Gene tried some nondescript meat on a stick and a weird waterbubble thing with flower petals in it which tuned out just to be jelly. After satisfying our bellies we headed back to the hostel where we both prepared to leave. And that’s where I am now writing this. My train to Chengdu leaves at 22:10. Fingers crossed I don’t get another snorer!

    Next stop Chengdu to see some Pandas!

    Zài jiàn!
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  • Day73

    This morning we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta er Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour. We will return to Xi'an for a free afternoon to further explore this diverse city. Included Activities: Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife. (Included in Kitty).

    Wikipedia:
    The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, People's Republic of China, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the three pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

    13:00h:
    2016 waren wir schon einmal dort. Bereits damals waren wir nicht beeindruckt. Es ist zwar eine weltberühmte Ausgrabungsstätte, aber die Menschenmassen und die Kommerzialisierung haben zwischenzeitlich zu einem touristischen Overkill geführt. Ich habe nur wenige Fotos und auch extrem wenige Videos gemacht. Für mich nur ein Pflichtbesuch.

    Text von Wolfgang
    ÖFFENTLICH
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  • Day74

    Xian - Huayin

    April 27 in China

    In Xianggang brachten wir unsere erste Fährenfahrt hinter uns. (Nötig war es nicht, aber das Gras auf der anderen Seite des Flusses sah grüner aus)
    Wir hatten einen Super Platz für die Nacht, direkt am Fluss.
    Eine Kuh auf der Weide übernahm die Nachtwache.

    Am nächsten Morgen wurden wir vom strömenden Regen Überrascht, um nicht in der Nassen Wiese stecken zu bleiben wurde alles schnell zusammengepackt und das Weite gesucht. Die Straßen der Dörfer verwandelten sich zu kleinen Flüssen.

    In der Altstadt von Xian angekommen steuerten wir direkt in die Fußgängerzone, wir standen mitten drin, an umdrehen war nicht mehr zu denken. Überall Leute, Roller und Straßenstände…wir gaben nicht klein bei und hupten uns durch bis zur nächsten Hauptstraße.
    Wir schlenderten Abends etwas durch die Stadt und stoppten an dem ein oder anderen Straßen Stand um etwas zu essen.

    Den 2. Tag verbrachten wir fast nur im Hostel um zu faulenzen.
    Zum Abendessen liefen wir zur Pub-street und endeten in einem Paulaner Biergarten.

    Weiter ging es nach Huayin etwa 150km von Xian zum Huashan Mountain. Das Wetter war wieder nicht auf unserer Seite und so campten wir auf dem Parkplatz vor dem Eingang und warteten auf schönes Wetter.

    Der nächste Morgen sah auch nicht viel Besser aus und so wurde viel Diskutiert ob und wann wir auf den Berg laufen.
    
Nach dem Mittagessen war es dann soweit, zu 5. gingen wir es an und fuhren mit der Gondel ein Stück dem Gipfel entgegen.
    Nach 2h Wandern waren wir am Gipfel- Hostel.
    Es war kalt und Nass, die Sicht war alles andere als gut & Duschen gab es auch keine. (Das Hostel war die Teuerste Unterkunft nach unserem Super Hotel auf Koh Chang in Thailand)

    Doch wenigstens wurde das Wetter etwas besser und die Wolken Rissen gegen Abends auf und schenkten uns einen Super Blick auf die Berge.

    Der Wecker klingelte früh und wir genossen die Aufgehende Sonne.
    Bevor es wieder nach unten zu den anderen ging wollte noch ein kleiner Mutprobe hinter sich gebracht werden, mit spärlichem Klettergurt und absolut keiner Einweisung ging es auf den Kleinen Weg der direkt an der Felswand befestigt wurde. Man lief über ca. 30-40cm breiten Holzbalken die Steilwand entlang. Unter einem Wartete die Schlucht und eine Aussicht die sich sehen lassen kann.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Shaanxi, Sjaanxi, شنشي, Правінцыя Шэньсі, Шънси, ཧྲའན་ཞི་ཞིང་ཆེན།, Siēng-să̤, Šen-si, Ŝenŝjio, شاآنشی, Province de Shaanxi, 陝西, Sám-sî, שאאנשי, शान्शी, Senhszi, Շենսի, 陝西省, შენსი, 산시 성, Xensia, Šaansi, Šaaņsji, ഷാങ്സി, Шэньси муж, षान्शी, Siám-sai-séng, ਸ਼ੈਨਸ਼ੀ, شانسی, Shaanxi pruwinsya, Шэньси, Шенси, ஷாங்ஷி மாகாணம், มณฑลส่านซี, Şensi, شېنشى ئۆلكىسى, Шеньсі, Shensi, Thiểm Tây, Chånxi, 陕西省, Sanjsih, 陕西

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