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china trip – day 5 May 5, 2013

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10th may 2012 – guess what?! i found pictures from my china trip for day 5 in one of my pendrive. it was from a visit to shaanxi history museum. i think what i’ll do is to upload all the pictures minus any captions as it has been a year since the trip and i don’t think i can remember much from it.

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this is a really cool seal… multifaceted.

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the following pictures are from a muslim street in xi’an.


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i do remember these dumplings… delicious!


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think this is the drum tower (or was it the bell tower)


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picture from atop drum/bell tower… went alone. walked around under the hot sun.. but totally worth it.


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china – day 5 August 28, 2012

9th may 2012 – we booked a cab the previous night to take us to the terracota warriors in lintong, xi’an, shaanxi province from our hotel in xi’an city. on our way, we dropped by banpo museum. and visited huaqing hot spring on our way back.


entrance to banpo museum.


residential site



men in banpo did not get to live beyond 30 years old. so says the travel guide.


if you are hard-pressed for time, i suggest you skip the banpo museum. i did not find it interesting.

onwards to the terracota warriors and horses! the museum is divided into 3 pits. here is the entrance to pit 2.


can you spot the pottery soldiers?


mind you, they are life size.


blurry picture due to poor lighting. and one has to jostle with the rest of the crowd for a good picture.






after a while, they begin to look somewhat alike.



entrance to Pit 3



simply amazing!






the terracota warriors and horses is definitely worth a visit.

on our way back to xi’an city, we visited the huaqing hot spring. it is made famous by a king, who built the palace for his concubine (yang guifei), said to be one of the four most beautiful women in ancient china.




site of imperial pool, i think.


this is supposedly where yang guifei took her bath.




we got back to xi’an city around evening and walked around the area near citadines central, looking for food…





had dumplings here…


i love, love, LOVE the dumplings here.


after dinner, we went to musline street, again.



can hardly remember what we did for the rest of the night… probably just strolled along muslim street and then back to the hotel for an early night.




china – day 4 August 27, 2012

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8th may 2012 – we flew from beijing to xi’an, shaanxi province of china; to visit the terracota warriors and horses of emperor qin shi huang’s mausoleum.

waiting to board…

can’t remember which airline we flew with, but it was a local airlines. not too bad.

this picture was taken around zubashi street, near citadines central, where my parents and i stayed for the next 4 days, 3 nights.

on our way to muslim street

chinese muslim

dates of different grades for sale along muslim street

one of the entrance to muslim street

some snacks, i think

made from shan zha or hawthorn berry

car squeezing in between stalls…

we had dinner here

lamb with “bread”

drum tower

citadines central of xi’an, shaanxi province

another abrupt end…