HENAN AND XIAN CULTURAL TOUR: DAY 8
This was our last day for the trip. Our bus was heading towards the ancient City Wall, the Fortifications of Xian, which was well preserved, rampart architecture since the fourteen century. It was built for military defense then; another UNESCO Heritage Site. It started to rain when we alighted the bus. Chinese petty traders were always ready at opportune time; umbrellas were sold at RMB 10 each. Fortunately the stony stairs were not slippery and was an easy ascend. It provided a good view of the city, the old and the new. We passed by the Tower Square, but missed the Bell and Drum. It was a charming city with parks and statues.
We galloped passed these beautiful sceneries, and arrived at Wild Goose Pagoda. This was the famous Buddhist pagoda, built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty, and had suffered many damages, with repeated repair. Our local young Xian guide was the worst guide in modern history; she pointed to the direction of the pagoda and left us alone, even though it was just drizzling. There was a lot of good pictures to take in the serene surrounding. A lot of good, big Chinese dates, or dates with walnuts, to buy. We then proceeded to Muslim Street for the bazaar and lunch. We skipped the shopping, but we had the best lunch arranged by Desmond, lamb and beef steamboat. The traffic was slowed, and we were running late for the live show due to the congestion. It was drama of the Ming Dynasty, more to impress western eyes than cater for eastern taste.. After the show, we were not taken to enjoy the scenery of Quijiang Ruins Park at night. We were so bored that we forgot about the scenery at all. We were happy to return to our hotel for shower and rest, and to prepare for our journey home at 11 am the next day, direct from Xian to Guangzhou International Airport, where we spent all the money (RMB 600) Desmond left for just a cup of coffee each and some supermarket chips.