We spend the morning in the Bei Lin art district then take a bus to The Tang Paradise Theme Park
09.04.2012 - 09.04.2012 75 °F
This morning we walked to the art district (Bei Lin) to find Sunee’s old teacher, Laoshi Zhang. Unfortunately he was doing an exhibit out of town and would not be available for another week or so. Sunee bought one of his horse painting so she could practice painting horses. We then shopped for a while, picking up a few art items and some tea cups. For lunch we had Lanzhou noodles and headed back to the hotel. On the way, we stopped at a local tea seller and visited for awhile, trying several different teas. We ended up buying the locally grown Zi Yang Mao Jian green tea and a red tea from Fujian, Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong. This is a lapsong type of tea which was really good. We also picked up some genuine Tieh Guan Yin from Anxi District in Fujian, the home of the original Tieh Guan Yin oolong tea. Not a bad selection of tea, if I do say so.
Our hotel while in Xian. We actually had a hard time finding it from the bus station. Touts everywhere wanting 50 Yuan to take us to the Xian Hotel. We finally got a van which took us to a five-star hotel called The Xian Hotel outside the city walls. After running around a while looking for this hotel we finally figured out the problem. The name of this hotel is actually Xian City Hotel. Nice to finally find it. The people at the hotel, as always, were very friendly and helpful.
A nice HDR view from the fifth floor of Xian.
I also took some pictures of a few workers carrying away some of the debris from the construction area.
We stopped at this tea shop and bought some local green tea and some Tieh Guan Yin from Fujian. Only in preparing for this trip did I find that Shaanxi Province grows its own green tea. We bought a kilogram worth to take back with us.
This is the famous Stele Museum which houses steles from most of the dynasties that ruled from Xian. One really interesting one is dedicated to the Nestorian Christians during the Tang Dynasty.
These were new since our last visit. The area, however, still remains a great place for artists to visit.
We finally got back to the hotel at around 1430, relaxed and then caught Bus 601 to The Tang Paradise Theme Park which I had read a lot about. This trip took about an hour and we arrived to the park at around 1700. We were excited because the Song Dynasty theme park in Kaifeng was absolutely magnificent. This theme park, however, was disappointing. But, since we were there, we figured to make the most of it. We probably spent around four hours at the theme park, taking movies and pictures. I had heard that the lights were worth waiting for and they were not too bad. We took a lot of pictures which you can see. At around 2100, we caught a taxi back to the hotel and found a 24 hour restaurant where we had dinner. It was not cheap but very good food. It had been a long day, so we returned to the hotel for the evening.
Welcome to the not-so-impressive Tang Dynasty Theme Park. The place was pretty well deserted. Enjoy the pictures but be advised that it does not even come close to the Song Dynasty theme park in Kaifeng, Henan Province.
Weird as the famous cement boat in Beijing was actually built by the Empress Dowager in the late 19th Centurty. Tang Dynasty Theme Park - NOT!
Shopping. What else did you expect in a theme park?
An interesting display with plenty of dry ice (I suspect) for the mist. Not bad but kind of hoaky IMHO.
This was an interesting stainless steel structure which reflected some interesting view of the lake with the statues near by. There were four of five which were quite nice.
That is the Tang Dynasty Big Goose Pagoda just on the other side of the lake.
Here are a series of nice sunsets with the lake and surrounding buildings as foregrounds.
I always love night shots and this theme park had quite a few to enjoy.
Overall, we thought the theme park was OK but if Sunee had not gotten in free and I had not gotten a half price ticket, we would probably have felt like it was overpriced. It took us a few minutes to catch a taxi back to the hotel. It was late and we were hungry so we went looking for food and found that 24-hour restaurant. A long but interesting day comes to an end.