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Old September 8th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #1
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Ancient Xi'an City / The beginning of the Silk Road tour

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So this is my journey as listed below:
Beijing - Xi An - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - urumqi
Xi An in one of the oldest city in China, a few emperor had resided there before including emperor Qin, which the terra cotta Army is being reputed for the 8th wonders of the world. Truly an amazing town i can say as a lot of building still reserve in its olden days structure, and there's a world biggest musical fountain located just beside the big goose pagoda, and beside that the muslim culture is one big pull factor to attract tourist too.

This is the east gate of the city wall






Shop houses still adopt olden days structure


The Muslim street


Night view of the East gate


Shopping center




Garfield in my hostel


Can you believe this bao only cost 6RMB
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Old September 8th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #2
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This is a small clip of the musical fountain i have taken, had to squeeze with a lot of people to in order to take this video, enjoy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTfR7CdwbFU

The big goose pagoda during the night




This is before the musical fountain start, with beautiful lighting and effects


Musical fountain had started


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Personally like the drum and bell tower a lot, gives you a imagination of returning back to the past.

Drum tower




The big bell




Bell tower


After the Bell & Drum tower trip, i had moved on to Qing Zhen Si, which is a Muslim mosque for prayer, but the whole mosque was built in Chinese architectural style which is different from other mosques which i had seen in Singapore, Malaysia and even Xinjiang.

Like this two pictures alot, the sunlight let the building seen more holy.












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Mt Hua shan, if you had read about the jin yong novel "Xiao Ao Jiang Hu" should have a deep impression of this mountain.





Cable car up to the middle of the mountain


Narrow pathway, not for the weaken heart though :P


I standing above thousand feet of the mountain


This girls are brave


Sky ladder


Longest staircases in Mt Huashan


Finally climb on top


People put lockers here to pray for good marriage, jobs.....




The gateway to heaven


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Old September 8th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #5
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Oh, climbing up there took me couples of hours, doesn't want to waste the trip there, so decided to walk the wooden plank area, though the opposite site only have a small cave temple, but still a memorable one.
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Finally, the Terra Cotta army, sorry that this thread is a bit long, but Xi An is just too enjoyable, so try to upload as much pictures as possible, hoped you all don't mind. So the Terra Cotta Army actually adopt the size of a living person, it was all crafted out to follow the person alive, amazing, wonder how they did this in the past.























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some areas of Mount Hua are really dangerous. I've been there and my legs kept shivering walking on the cliff plank board.

some old web photos of Mount Hua





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So this picture here actually tells people that it is one of the most dangerous mountain, but that day i went it still filled with people.
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So this is the photo of the girls and I climbing the chang kong zhan dao (narrow wooden plank)


Pictures of myself




Is Si guo ya familiar? This is the end of Chang kong zhan dao
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wow, one day Ill try that walkway
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I wouldn't try its too scary !
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