The day started out earlier than usual, as we checked out of the hotel by 5:45am. As a group, we headed to the train station to board our high-speed train to Xi’an. Our first class tickets got us very comfortable seating and a great view of the countryside as it passed by us at over 300 km/hr.
In approximately five hours, we found ourselves in Xi’an ready for dinner and exploration of the surrounding attractions. Our hotel is one of the oldest in the city and is conveniently located next to the city’s bell and drum towers. These two traditional buildings represented major landmarks located close to our dinner plans and a delicious dumpling dinner.
We sat at three tables while being served over a dozen types of dumplings (meat, veggie, soups, sweet, etc). Everyone left the restaurant full and ready to explore the closely located Muslim street. The group split off at this point and some explored the Muslim street while others visited a mosque close by. The Muslim street was crowded with wonderful smelling street foods and noises of street vendors selling trinkets. Most of us were too full to pick up more tasty treats, but vowed to be back the next day for our dinner plans. For those that decided to visit the Mosque, were amazed to see the fusion of Chinese and Muslim architecture; something that is unique to Xi’an.
Blog post written by China Study Tour participants David, Constant and Michael.