Xi’an Day 1

I’m not going to write much because this weekend I’m preparing for my midterm exams —  I don’t like this part of school. I will let the photos do the speaking for me. As well this is the first blog out of the three that I will write about about the trip to Xi’an.

I woke up at 4:00 am and at 4:30 am, I met up with my fellow travellers (Anne, Charlotte, Hyeonji, Jiyoon, Jon and Lisa) to go to the airport. We took two taxis and it cost us 274 yuan. Very reasonable. Our flight departed Hangzhou at 7:20 am and arrived in Xi’an around 9:30 am on Air China. The bus from Xi’an airport to the city center was fast and cheap (25 yuan).

We stayed at Han Tan House that is only minutes walk to the city center. My bed was very comfortable and the blanket is thick and warm — it is cold there in late October. They can speak English and they are very helpful. It’s the best hostel I have experienced in China so far. Thank you Han Tan House & staff.

Enjoy the photos (taken by Jiyoon, Jon and me) :)

Our dorm room with comfy beds at Han Tang House. Charlotte smiling for the camera while Anne in the background setting up her bed.

Jon, Charlotte, Anne, Jiyoon, Lisa and Hyeonji are busting out to explore Xi’an. We’re heading to the Muslim neighbourhood famous for their food and shopping.

Lisa is showing us that we’re in the right place to see the terracotta army. We’re all excited.

A street scene of the Muslim neighbourhood. The streets are narrow and with many shoppers.

Beside eating street food and shopping, you also can get street dental care. Bring your own painkiller and say AAAHHHHHH.

A vegetable vendor selling a giant veggie. That thing is big enough to feed a village!

They have livestock too!

A fun shot of Hyeonji, Jiyoon, Lisa and Charlotte.


Up early and walked all day, a good time for a late afternoon nap at a teashop – Jiyoon, Jon, and Hyeonji.


Time to head back to the hostel. Tired and happy. L-R: Charlotte, me, Lisa, and Hyeonji.