Thursday, January 15, 2009

XiAn (19-Dec-08 till 20-Dec-08) – Metamorphosis

The main reason to visit XiAn was to see the most famous Terracotta. Everything is still the same… no excitement to me, too.

On the 2nd day, we arranged cycling on the ancient city wall which is said the best preserved in China. We spent about 2 hr to cycle around the 14km wall. At higher altitude, I liked to observe the buildings around and the ordinary life on the streets. Disappointedly, lots of old buildings had been or were being demolished, to spare spaces for new and modern building constructions. The original was no longer felt. The city has transformed faster than I expected.

We spent lots of time on eating, a buffet lunch costs RMB48 (EUR5) was worth a try though not exceptionally special and delicious.