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Last day in Xian

Yesterday, I got up and tried to walk to the little Goose Pagoda. It was a long walk-I made the walk, down the streets and passed the city walls, (the day before I went to the Big Goose Pagoda). which took about 45 minutes, but found out the little pagoda was closed when I got there. A lot of Chinese folks we're trying to get in as well.

I ended up going back to the hostel. I decided to plan my transport and hostel to the next spot, which is Changdu, where I can see the pandas. I found a ride on the high speed train for around $41.00 and a hostel for like $5.00 per night so that is what I booked. I had to go to the train station to pick the ticket up, and like the last time, wanted to do it before boarding, so I took the metro roughly 1/2 an hour to the station, picked up the ticket, and went back. (I Tried a railroad ticket place in town and that didn't work-she told me I had to go to the station, through an interpreter).

I then went back into town and visited the drum and bell towers, right in the middle of town near the hostel-two large imposing structures. The towers we're built to announce the time-the drum tower at night and the bell tower in the day. I walked up the stairs and saw the displays in both.


I then walked around the Muslim areas, where there are all sort of stalls selling food and goods. I ate some octopus on a stick, but first, back to the fruiter, for different types of fruit. Then there was a hot-pot at the hostel, where different types of vegetables and meats we're served, and we we're able to put into the hot pot. I met lots of others at the hostels, and stayed up sort of late having some beers.

Posted by DavidPearlman 16:03

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