Tuesday, October 13, 2009
On our second day in Xi'an, we walked around the city on its city walls (40 feet high and 8 miles in length!) Xi'an is one of the only cities in China with its walls still intact and it was pretty amazing to take in the views from on tops. On our last day, we visited The Great Mosque, one of the largest mosques in China. Xi'an is home to a large Muslim population, so we also enjoyed the Muslim Quarter surrounding the Mosque, complete with delicious street food and no shortage of sights, sounds, and smells to take in.
While there, we also were able to see the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, two large landmarks in the center of town, and take in a fountain and light show at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in 652, during the Tang Dynasty. Between exploring the sights (and to escape the rainy weather), we enjoyed spending time at our hostel, too, which had multiple interior courtyards and a great restaurant.
More pictures here: http://hsinchina.shutterfly.com/974.