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Xian Part II

Xian Part II

30.9 - 3.10.2016

During our stay at Wang Yen's place, we also enjoyed walking down a quaint street with beautiful old brick walls that leads to the electric motor alley.  All along the street are shops with mechanics at work - fixing mini cars, scooters, motorcycles, bikes, you-name-it small vehicle.  It's relatively quiet because it's all electrical!  I think people's practicality leads them to great creativity and inventiveness - anything goes.  Alvin was so impressed by the action on this street that he may even blog about it so stay tune!

 Same street where we  buy fresh walnuts and pomelos!

Same street where we  buy fresh walnuts and pomelos!

Oct 1 is China's National Day.  It becomes a 7-day event where prices double along with crowds and traffic.  Because we did not foresee this, we cancelled our mountain trip to HuaShan east of Xian city for the next 4 nights.  Opting to stay low in Xian.  

 Oct 1st.  Damning Palace Heritage Park.   Taken by Lucy of Myka dancing freely in relative darkness.   It was a huge park where the sign on the grass says, "Stay Off"!   There were designated corners of the park where people danced in unison or in partners.  We actually see group dancing from the older generation quite often here. After walking around and not finding the grand events that our host said was going on at the park (blame it on me pretending i know what the host says).   The area of the park that we spent most time at was a large area with concrete flooring.  Little colorful lights were built into the ground .  A man was singing karaoke in the dark with his back to us and it sounded pretty good!  So, the kids ran around freely for the first time since arriving in China.  

Oct 1st.  Damning Palace Heritage Park.   Taken by Lucy of Myka dancing freely in relative darkness.

 It was a huge park where the sign on the grass says, "Stay Off"!   There were designated corners of the park where people danced in unison or in partners.  We actually see group dancing from the older generation quite often here. After walking around and not finding the grand events that our host said was going on at the park (blame it on me pretending i know what the host says).   The area of the park that we spent most time at was a large area with concrete flooring.  Little colorful lights were built into the ground .  A man was singing karaoke in the dark with his back to us and it sounded pretty good!  So, the kids ran around freely for the first time since arriving in China.  

3.10 - 7.10.2016

It was difficult to find reasonable last minute places to stay in Xian as most places are now booked.  Even hostels with dorm rooms were booking at over 100cad/night.  Eventually, we found 2 apartment rooms available on Agoda at a central location but for a price. The owner of those apartments (Sabrina) offered to pick us up - which we thought was very nice but maybe this is what happens when you stay at a 5 star apartments!

Sabrina came in her own vehicle with Kevin as translator.  Half of us had to go in a taxi.  The direction was totally quite off and we were heading far from the city center.  We arrived in a hotel instead.  Thank goodness for Kevin who was able to clarify and answer all our questions.  It turns out her place was already booked but she did not want to leave us stranded so she found us a hotel to stay in.  How can we not think God is watching over us?!  It was half what we thought we had to pay and this unexpected turn of event was indeed a fortunate one as we then met the manager of the hotel, Mr Zhang.  This hotel is only a month old.  A baby in the hotel industry.  Mr. Zhang showed us how to take the bus to our various destinations, the best places for dumplings, and gave us directions to come home when we walked too far and had to catch another bus home. He invited us into his office for coffee and bread one morning. He made 6 cups - one for each of us!  I declined for Eli and Lucy.  Myka did not like it and Emma very much enjoyed her cup with 4 sugar cubes.  Thank you, Mr Zhang Zhen Zhong.  It was good coffee.

 At Initiate Hotel where we met Mr Zhang

At Initiate Hotel where we met Mr Zhang

 The neighbourhood near the hotel

The neighbourhood near the hotel

Early rising neighbours.  We're sure it's a senior center next door because every morning a group of seniors gather in a large courtyard with walkways, sections and trees to do warm up exercises at dawn.  I would not know that except they also recite in unison while exercising.  That happens before 7.  Music on speakers begins at 7 to accompany more forms of exercising.  Eventually, there's tai chi, sword dancing, fan dancing, and badminton.  All this happens before 9am.  After that, the square gets pretty empty.  I can see my parents being part of that morning routine and therefore appreciate how active and productive these people are but i think i will enjoy my morning sleep even in my senior days.

 Our first and maybe only hotel stay in China.   Mr. Zhang  gets our best hotel manager award!

Our first and maybe only hotel stay in China.   Mr. Zhang  gets our best hotel manager award!

Xian during National week

Xian during National week

Xian Part I

Xian Part I