Xian, China

Xian is a town with an impressive defense wall all around the center and lovely gardens with multicolored light effects at night. Many Chinese go for a walk of an evening and children are delighted with lanterns and other glowing toys. The fountains change their lights and dance to different music pieces.

For lunch we were led to a specialty restaurant to try Chinese dumplings in creative animal and plant forms, filled with vegetables, mushrooms or meat, each dumpling formed so you could guess what was inside. In Germany we would call them Maultaschen.

On the top of the defense wall you can buy tickets for a small train going all around the main area, as the walk is rather extensive. From the top there is an excellent view.

In the downtown area you can buy all sorts of food, tea and berry juice, or visit a mosque and look at city gates and statues. Sometimes it is fun to try and guess at the signs, but it was helpful if the people knew some English, which was not always the case!

The mosque and the gardens with the Wild Goose Pagoda are peaceful which is why many visitors come to spend some time there. One thing that we noticed was that hardly anybody owned a dog on a leash as pet, also very few cats. Peking was the only city with dog-owners.

At the end of the day we visited a workshop for writing and drawing with ink and brush. First there was a demonstration, then each one of our group was allowed to look at the works of art.

Author: Djinn

"To those of us with real understanding, dancing is the only true art form" (Charles Schulz)

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