China # 13 – Xi’an – The Eastern End of the Silk Road – September 2014

July 27, 2018

Arriving on the outskirts of Xi’an, home of the famous Terracotta Warriors and the official eastern end of The Silk Road, we should not have been surprised to find a sprawling city of snarling traffic and bustling crowds. Finding a hotel for Green with safe parking for us was a challenge, but Green had received some possibilities with phone numbers from Lisa Li at the main NAVO office in Chengdu. It was raining, which made maneuvering in rush hour madness all the more exciting—was it always rush hour in Chinese cities? Our twin Fiamm air horns came in handy. Loud horns are an international language.

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda’s Dancing Fountains 

At the large park behind the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, fountains were dancing to music.

At the large park behind the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, fountains were dancing to music.

Safely parked, we grabbed our umbrellas and headed for town. First stop was the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda that was built in 652 by Buddhist Xuanzang, a translator and traveler. It has become an important landmark in Xi’an. On the other side of the Pagoda, we came to a beautiful park with spectacular fountains choreographed to music. The rain was ignored.

The Nanshaomen Night Market was tempting us

Cute little baby squid on a barbecued skewer. Had to try one!

Cute little baby squid on a barbecued skewer. Had to try one!

Dinner was on our mind, so we headed over to one of the many popular night markets, I think it was the Nanshaomen Night Market.

Being at the start of the original Silk Road and near the center of Eastern China, Xi’an has been a melting pot for many of the great Chinese cuisines ranging from Cantonese to spicy Sichuan styles. The choice was a bit overwhelming; from kabobs, noodles to sweet breads, steamed dumplings and pigs’ feet if you wanted to chew on something. If you have never been to a Chinese night market, please check out the photos. We have tried to include captions, but some of the foods were hard to identify. To list the dishes available would be pointless. If you can’t find what you imagined, you will probably find something even better.

Having eaten more that we should have, we strolled back to our parking lot-home, wondering what else this historic city had to offer. Yes, tomorrow we would see the amazing Terracotta Warriors.

 

2 Responses to “China # 13 – Xi’an – The Eastern End of the Silk Road – September 2014”

  1. What is currently on the horizon as of 7/27/2018 for the Turtle V? (Just Curious?)

  2. We are getting ready for South America!

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