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!
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.
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.
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.