Saturday, 28 February 2015

Travel Tips - Xi'an (China part 2)

This is the second part to my China travel tips, you can find the first part here for Beijing.
We only spend one day in Xi'an but I feel like we did quite a lot! It wasn't my favorite place in China but it does have some great tourist sites that anyone visiting China should see at some point.

Expect to come across any of these in China:

- People can spit a lot, especially the older generations.
- Don't expect many western toilets in public areas, most will be squatting loos.
- Remember to take toilet paper in your bag everywhere, a lot of public toilets don't have them.
- They won't smile back at you, it's nothing to do with you, but the Chinese don't smile at strangers.
- A lot of your normal sites will be blocked in China, for example Facebook and Google.
Don't be afraid to haggle, it's amazing how much they are willing to reduce the price by. I was told that you find on average they double the price of things for foreigners.

Xi'an Specifically:

- You have the famous Terracotta Army in Xi'an which is one of the main reasons I wanted to visit this part of China and it really is an amazing site although sad that so many of them were damaged.

- And if you're interested in the Terracotta Army I'd recommend going to the Terracotta Army workshop for a quick tour and introduction on how they are traditionally made. You also get the opportunity to buy mini Terracotta soldiers (or life sized ones if you have the money and space) and it's cheaper than if you buy them at the Terracotta Army site.

- We also visited the Grand Mosque which is a beautiful ancient mosque that even today is still in use as far as I know. And the surrounding bustling Muslim Quarter which is another great place to walk around and experience the culture and maybe do a bit of shopping.

- Luckily enough our hotel also hosted the 'Tang Dynasty' music and dance show which we booked to have the dumpling feast dinner before the show started which really was a feast. I wouldn't recommend to come to Xi'an for the show but if you're close by and have a free evening it's a nice way to end the day and you will be stuffed with the dumpling feast which is about 10 courses of different types/flavours of dumplings.

 (Terracotta Army)

(Terracotta Army workshop)

(Muslim Quarter)

('Tang Dynasty' music and dance show)

(Just 1 course of the Dumpling Feast)

(The cutest duck dumpling)

Have you visited Xi'an before? Would you recommend any other places to visit? Any questions about my experience in Xi'an?
Let me know in the comment box below, i'd love to hear from you!


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