On the way we visited the Small Goose Pagoda (dates from 707 – Tang Dynasty. Best photos from the bell side).
14-15 Oct: King Dynasty Hotel: The hotel has an excellent position overlooking the city wall near the West Gate. No negative issues with the hotel - breakfast, bed, room, fridge, room temperature wer all fine. Friendly hotel staff. Not just the hotel, but the whole city seemed to make you welcome. Room 1642 is a side room towards the front and you can see the ring road and North Gate of the city wall. Traffic watching was entertaining. A car broke down on the 6 lane southbound road. Traffic just moved out and around it - most without indicating. Someone crawled under to fix it. Two lanes were out of action. It barely interrupted the flow, traffic moved out of the affected lanes mostly without indicating. The other lanes just let them in.
I went to the small shop just outside and to the right (as you come out) of the hotel. A 600 ml bottle of beer was 2.5 yuan (25p)!! they use a bar code reader so you know you are paying the correct price.
15th: Visit to the Terracotta Warriors (wow – enough said by others), the Shaanxi Museum (I really enjoyed e.g. a carved bone skull between 5 and 7 thousand years old, small terracotta warriors, Zhongshan Grotto – not all did) and a pearl factory (expecting this to be a waste of time but it was good and my wife bought a beautiful pair of gold pearl ear rings that we will always treasure).
Optional (you pay) was a night our of the city – really worthwhile and another side to the historic city – Las Vegas in China – including the lights and the Downtown ceiling video experience. We got to see the Large Goose Pagoda and if you didn’t do the trip you didn’t see it.
16th: Visited the Muslim Quarter (Unpleasant smells but enjoyable experience). Lots of bargaining and the first chance to buy a Rolex for £5 – more would follow. Reviews say you should pay a quarter of the start price – I would suggest much less – often about 10%. A useful tip is to watch someone bargain them down to a price they pay. You then use this as their start price and bargain down from this. Even if they let you walk away, they are often still watching in case you wobble – and if you do not they may come after you.
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