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Yanta

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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day4

    Fast train to Xian

    June 4 in China

    An early start today, we were picked up by Wien for the one hour trip to Hongqqiao Train Station for our bullet train to Xianbei. This station reminded me of the scenes from Blade Runner...with the lights and echoing voiceovers...quite amazing.

    The train trip is 6 hours at an average speed of 300km per hour. The landscape has been very flat, with lots of arable land that is well planted out. Even in the middle of nowhere, there are sudden pockets of very bland tall apartment buildings.

    When we arrive in Xianbei, we will be collected by our tour guide for the next few days, Phoenix... I’ll post more soon...
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  • Day4

    After the bazaar, Phoenix and Mr Wu dropped us at our hotel, after driving us up an amazing lit street. We were pretty footsore, and not just a little bit weary, but we decided we would walk the kilometre or so from the hotel to the Golden Pagoda.

    The lights were amazing, with statues of emperors and their generals, as well as famous poets and philosophers.

    It was really lively, with dancing, buskers (violinists and what we affectionately call the plinky plonk instrument), and kite flyers.

    We stopped for coffee in what was probably the most unusual (read bad) Starbucks in the world. I couldn’t get the concept of Iced Tea across (it was a really hot night!) so I gave up and ordered a latte. Well, that took three tries for the barista to perfect the love heart latte art til I got my luke warm coffee. Oh well, First world problem.

    Our hotel , The Wyndham Grand Xi’an South was fabulous. Wonderful rooms with very comfy beds. Highly recommended.
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  • Day5

    Bevor ich zu meinen Erlebnissen von heute komme, mein Filmtipp des Tages. Ich bin auf dem Nachtflug von Xi’an nach Singapur unterwegs und habe mir gerade „Hectors Reise oder die Suche nach dem Glück“ angesehen. Die Frage „was ist Glück“ ist mehr als schwierig und der Film inspiriert beim Finden von Ideen (nicht Antworten).

    Meinen letzte Tag in Xi’an habe ich mit einem Ausflug in den Südosten der Stadt verbracht. Da Anny das gleiche Ziel hatte, haben wir uns am Belltower getroffen und fast schon routiniert habe ich alleine den richtigen Bus gefunden😎.
    Den Vormittag haben wir im Tang Paradise verbracht, was leider eher ein Naherholungsgebiet ist, zwar mit Museum aber die Gebäude sind fast alle neu und der Regen hat auch nicht gerade zum Spaß beigetragen. Insbesondere wohl auch wegen des Nationalfeiertags war es vor allem laut und voll. Der Nachmittag hat dann jedoch komplett entschädigt. Die big goose pagoda steht in einem buddhistischen Tempel, der von den Mönchen auch noch genutzt wird. Die Anlage ist ein kompletter Palast, wieder inkl. Bell und drum tower.

    Mein Fazit zu Xi’an:
    Der Abstecher hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt. Insbesondere die Terrakotta-Armee kann ich jedem ans Herz legen, am besten dann in Farbe. Trotz Großstadt und viel Gehupe sind die Menschen entspannter als in München, insbesondere auch hilfsbereiter trotz Sprachbarriere. Das ist aber in der Tat ein Manko. Das ist der erste Urlaubsort der Welt, in dem ich mich so gar nicht verständigen konnte, auch die Schriftsprache ist nur bei Ziffern hilfreich. Einen längeren Chinaurlaub könnte ich mir daher nur mit Guide vorstellen oder intensivem Sprachkurs.
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  • Day92

    The New Chinatown, Xi,an

    August 6 in China

    Weiter ging's zu einer illuminierten Straße, auch "The New Chinatown" genannt. Hier wird jedes Jahr zum Lichterfest, am 15. Januar, die Laternen und Lichter neu geschmückt.

    Überall live Musik und herrlich beleuchtete Figuren und Häuser. Eine sehr schöne Atmosphäre.

  • Day11

    Lovely dinner of 18 dumpling varieties. Some had interesting flavours but most were eaten and enjoyed. On to Louyang early tomorrow morning by high speed train.

    The Chinese are celebrating tomb sweeping festival during the next 3 days which is a traditional Chinese festival on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. This makes it the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, either 4 or 5 April in a given year. People will burn pretend money on street intersections in a circle to show respect for family members who have died. We saw a number of these fires while traveling around today and now know what it represents. Traffic is expected to be quite congested over the next couple of days as a result.Read more

  • Day10

    Travel to Xi'an

    April 3 in China

    One hour and 10 minute flight to Xi’an although total elapsed time from leaving for the airport, flight delays and travel to our hotel was about 6 hours. The joys of traveling between large cities in China. Xi’an has a population of 10 million. Lots of posted rules. The picture below was inside an elevator. Staying at a Holiday Inn for the next couple of days. Had a western style supper just to change things up. Actually the pizza was quite good.Read more

  • Day12

    Leaving Xi'an to Luoyang

    April 5 in China

    Leaving for the train station to catch a high speed bullet train to Luoyang.

    When we ask how long the bus trip will be to the various locations the standard answer often is about one and a half hours depending on traffic. LOL.

    Streets and highways are beautifully manicured with shrubs, flowers and trees everywhere.

    Lots of farm land between Xi’an and Luoyang. 70% of China’s population are farmers.
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  • Day11

    Xi'an

    April 4 in China

    Forecast includes a Hazardous Air Quality warning. No surprise with all the cars and factories in the area. Beijing and Shanghai have moved all factories out of the city to reduce the pollution. Xi’an has not done this yet.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Yanta, 雁塔

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