Xian China

Xian Dance Theatre

Hot Springs

Terracotta Soldiers Museum

You can tell from the pictures that there is a smog problem. We had temperature inversions the whole time we were there but breathing was not uncomfortable. We stayed at the Le Garden Hotel which seemed to be fairly centrally located although outside the walled city.

Large frontal displays but behind the doors was a open air market.





Brian looked over the side of the fort walls. Down below it appeared to be a moat or a fish pond...several were on the shore catching a few fish. The walls are wide so horses and wagons can navigate although now it is mainly pedestrian traffic.




A more common sight




We walked quite a bit much to the dismay to some of the members of our party. If it had been summer and hot and humid there might have been a revolt. Taxis were plentiful but small so we had to take multiple taxi's wherever we went. Their small size meant the bigger Americans had to scrunch down to get into them.




We walked into town one evening and ate at the Dumpling Restaurant right near the Bell Tower. It was an extraordinary meal.




Behind the restaurant was the typical fast-food knockoff of McDonald's. We strolled through the department stores that appeared to be well stocked with refrigerators, TV's, and other electronic goods.