Wednesday, February 2, 2011

September 3 Xi’an

Bell Tower at night.

Happy thirty-first anniversary to us!

Today was a free day in Xi’an. Alaine, Penny, and I got on the K610
bus and headed off toward to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Local transport
again! Our first stop was at the Shaanxi history museum. It was a very good
combination of actual artifacts and informative displays. Mostly about the
Tang Period when Chang’an (Xi’an) was the imperial capital as well as the
gateway to the Silk Road. We walked the rest of the way to the pagoda,
located south of the Ming-era city walls, as is the Shaanxi museum. First,
we stopped for lunch at a Korean restaurant. The pagoda itself is located in
a large public park and shopping mall complex. The whole complex is in
modern buildings, but with Tang-style roofs and eaves. They are much
simpler than later designs and look very much like traditional Japanese
buildings. On our way back to the hotel, Penny and I toured the Bell Tower.
We went out for a very nice dumpling dinner, and then headed to the railway
station to catch the K165 train to Kunming.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Xi'an shopping and park plaza.

This building seems a nice use of traditional influences on modern architecture.

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