We visit the local botanical gardens and then go on a night visit to the Muslim Quarter
10.04.2012 - 10.04.2012 78 °F
This morning we got up early so we could do some maintenance like washing clothes and watch the sunrise over Xian. At 0900 we found an internet cafe to send out some emails and had some noodles for breakfast. We had a nice visit with a very helpful lady who gave us directions to the Botanical Gardens. Figured the flowers should be in bloom this time of year. The Garden was outside the city walls so we caught a taxi. We spent from around 1030 until noon at the Gardens taking lots of movies and pictures.
===Enjoy the afternoon and flowers with us.===
Most Chinese seem to have come to the garden to relax and reflect much as this young lady was doing.
At noon we returned to Bei Lin art district to look for a well-known courtyard house I had just read about. Laoshi Zhang’s wife took us to the building but it was locked up. Everyone around the area said it was a great place to visit. Must remember to visit it next time we are in Xian. We also went to a small temple before finding some Shanxi knife-shaved noodles for lunch. These noodles are called daoxiaomian. I had forgotten just how much I liked these noodles.
As we walked around in the area, we came upon a big Walmart so we went inside and did a bit of shopping but did not buy anything. We then returned to our hotel and relaxed until around 1800 when we invited one of the travelers, Supal, to join us on a visit to the Muslim Quarter. We took bus 611 and got off at the Drum Tower. We explored the shops and had some street food until around 2130 when we got a taxi back to our hotel. We were going to fly to Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, tomorrow so we made it a fairly early evening.
Guess who loves to shop?
We did not finish shopping until way late and so had just a bit of a problem finding a taxi back to our hotel. We were too tired (and old) to walk back.