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Shuyuanmen Pedestrian St, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Beilin Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China, 710001
These are one of the coolest souvenirs I've seen in China. At first I thought this man was just doing some carvings. He was: hand-carving these wooden egg-shaped things. There was also music playing, and I realized it was the eggs. They were...
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Zhonglou Shangquan, Beilin, Xi'an, China
File this under "That's Weird": Right by the South Gate, there's an informal marketplace where some men from the Muslim neighborhood sell jewelry and other interesting items. Also, giant rocks. Don't get me wrong, they're beautiful, polished...
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1 Shehui Rd, BeiYuanMen XiaoChi YiTiao Jie, Lianhu Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China, 710001
I've seen people with two fully-functional hands do this kind of sidewalk chalk calligraphy before, but no one came close to this man's level of skill. He did it all with his feet! I gave this man some money and hope you will too, if you see him....
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Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
The taxis in Xi'an are few and far between–I tried a few times and never managed to hail one. Fortunately there are two other great ways to get around the city. The first is by tuk-tuk. The second is by bus. The buses are really convenient in...
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Qujiang Shangquan, Yanta, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
There are lots of places in the area surrounding Giant Wild Goose Pagoda where you can have your photograph taken while dressed up in costumes from ancient China. We weren't brave enough to try it, but it looked pretty fun. Kids would love it!
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Beiyuanmen Snacks Street, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Going to watch a landscape opera in Xi'an feels like the Chinese version of going to Shakespeare in the Park (minus the dialogue) in New York. The performance is set amidst the ruins of Hua Qing Palace. I went to see The Song of Unending Sorrow,...
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China, Shaanxi, Xian Shi, Yanta Qu, XiaoZhai ShangYeJie, Yanta N Rd, 雁塔路
I was so excited to ride the monorail around the Goose Pagoda park, but the day I went, the power was out in the area. My heart was broken. It looks like a fun ride, all around the park and new shopping center and the pagoda itself. I bet the...
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Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
This Xi'an street art is so cool. America, what are we doing!?
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While eating my way through Xian's Muslim Quarter, I stumbled upon this rather surreal display at a market stand. The lamb carcasses hanging in the window, the gritty industrial fan keeping the flies at bay, the bright light bulbs swinging from...
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172 Lianhu Rd, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Lianhu Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China, 710002
A little Vegas in China. The hotel has this amazing dumpling banquet and Tang Dynasty Show several times a week. The food was amazing. All of the dumplings were shaped to look like what they were filled with—little ducks for the ones filled with...