Every weekend is an opportunity to travel around China, and Xi’an was next on my list. It was not enough time to see everything the city has to offer or to even try the famous ‘biang’ noodles. Nevertheless we enjoyed every second of it from the morning up until midnight.
Shouting “fuwuyuan” when you need the waiter at your table might be rude in other countries but in China is very common. As it is, restaurants are vey noisy, people talking loud, laughing, shouting ‘fuwuyuan’ every 5 minutes, waiters yelling at each other, chairs squeaking every time someone gets up, managers arguing with the kitchen staff in front of customers, etc… I have seen it all in China!
On a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day we visited Tiāntán, the Temple of Heaven. The temple is a prime example of Chinese religious architecture, this is where Emperors of the Qing and Ming dynasties performed annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. The Construction began in the early 15th century under Yongle, who is known as the “architect of Beijing.” Shaped like a semicircle on the northern rim to represent heaven and square on the south for the earth, the grounds were once believed to be the meeting point of the two. So many Chinese believed for so long that this was the center of the world.
There is a famous saying in China, “You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall,” and I’ve conquered the Great Wall so I am a hero! This site is even nicer than I thought. It was a nice clear day when I went, the only bad thing was the cold wind. I was freezing up there, but walking and climbing lots of steps help you keep warm. Continue Reading
The Forbidden city was once home to a long line of emperors. With its magnificent halls, winding lanes, and stately courtyards that will leave you in awe is Beijing’s treasure. It is now the palace museum of the city and the world’s largest palace complex. The museum has been rebuilt so not all of it’s original, but the architecture it’s the same. It has 800 buildings and more than 8,000 rooms (you might need more than one day to observe each building). Its construction began in 1406, so it has a history of nearly 600 years and 24 emperors ruled the whole country from here for nearly 500 years. Continue Reading