A Journey of Cultural Enlightenment in Xi’an

This cultural tour is a 4 days tour in Xian, the first three days visited the Huaqing Hot Spring, terra cotta, Qianling,Shaanxi History Museum, The Ancient City Wall of Xi’an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Famen Temple, encompasses the east and west tourist line and the classic in the center of the ancient capital, while the last day strolled in the place where full of cultural atmosphere to fully appreciate the charming of the ancient capital. 

gentle hot spring water, eternal romantic Huaqing Palace


This is the Huaqing Hot Spring: one side is the Lishan Spa water, quietly flow thousands of years, and witnessed tragic pathos love in the Palace of Eternal Youth; on the other side is the flower-shaped washbasins, very bustling.


This is the bathing pool of the great beauty Yang Yuhuan a thousand years ago.


In fact, this is the toilet


The spectacular underground army – sleeping thousands of years Terracotta Warriors and Horses

I was deeply shocked in front of the majestic underground vivid terracotta warriors army of thousands of years ago!


These are not stone, but terracotta army in accordance with the life-size dated back to more than two thousand years ago, painted and then fired and burned, and like this now. After the death of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang, many underground armies were built to protect the security of the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum.


This is the senior sergeant among the terracotta army.


Terracotta Warriors not only momentum, but also great attention to detail carving, the expression, shape, tall, short, fat, thin of the more than 8,000 soldiers figurines are all different with each other.


We can see the color of the newly unearthed Terracotta Warriors and Horses is still very bright from the picture.


A man was quietly standing here a long time, thinking of something.


The brick texture is very hard.


Buddhist shrine – old and new Famen Temple

Famen Temple was built in the Eastern Han Dynasty, it became the the Chinese Buddhist shrine because its placement phalanx relic of Sakyamuni Buddha.

Today, Sakyamuni’s phalanx relic is enshrined in the new built stupa.


Boarded on the hands clasped together stupa, looked back at the long road that seems to endlessly


Seeing the Buddha relics is seeing its real body, although it is far from the shrine, I was still very excited!


The new site is next to the old Famen Temple, where is more pronounced to rhyme.


Underground museum of Famen Temple store many treasures, and this is the most famous one.


Sitting in the yard to have a rest

The Pearl of Ancient Capitals, China treasure house – Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi Museum is a must if travel to Xi’an, because since the heyday in the history of China, Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang Dynasty established their capital near Xi’an, so there are Shang and Zhou bronzes, Han and Tang gold and silver wares, the Tang Dynasty murals, Tang Sancai etc precious relics unearthed, nowhere else can compared. 

Shaanxi History Museum is now free of charge, so the long queuing, if you do not want to queue, you can spend 30 Yuan and do not need to line up.  

The Neolithic pigment grinding: you can also see the red grind out 4000 years ago very clearly. 


Sheep head spoon of Shang Dynasty, a dinner spoon, 5,000 years ago, when there were sheep, dogs, tigers and other sophisticated modeling on spoon.


The Western Zhou oak clock, a set of eight chime bells, which is the ideological root of Confucius as “Ritual and Music can make the country prosperous”


The famous Qin bricks and Han tiles with typical geometric patterns


This is the gold woodpecker behind the magnifying glass molded in the Spring and Autumn Period, just a fingernail size, very fine. 


Eastern Han Dynasty green glazed pottery peacock lamp, because there are nine peacocks on the whole body, so also called “Nine lamps”. These exquisite works of art were made in two or three thousand years ago, the era of low productivity and the material was extremely scarce. 


There are also piles of gold of Han Dynasty!


Western Wei Dynasty White Stones niche: these statues are well preserved, white crystal and beautifully. 


Collection of exquisitely Tang Sancai horses, camels, and stained Heavenly King figurines 


Face of glamorous and fullness of the Tang Dynasty beautiful painted


History is on the foot – The Ancient City Wall of Xi’an

In ancient times, people can ride horse, garrison, rack cannon on The Ancient City Wall, in order to guard the residents of the city. And now here has become a place of cycling, viewing and couples walking. Here is a living history, the real history at the foot!



The northeast corner of the Xi’an City Wall was built in the Sui Dynasty, and now is still intact. 

The trash on the Xi’an city wall looks antique and unique. 

 
 

The next following day, we strolled leisurely in the Xian City, feeling the history and modern of the ancient city. 

Chinese classic “Broadway” & elegant and poised “Tang music and dance” 

The Tang Dynasty is the heyday of China’s political, economic and cultural. Since came to the Chang’an City, we naturally wanted to experience the music and dance culture of the Tang Dynasty. There are only two Tang music and dance shows in Xi’an City, one of which is the Tang Yue Gong, near our hotel, and is said to be the main reception of dinner and performances for foreign tour groups, so the price is natural not cheap.

Walk from the antechamber of Tang Yue Gong to the two scarlet palace doors, there is a magnificent theater, surrounding with the Tang Dynasty murals, lotus chandeliers on the zenith, as well as the lanterns on the tablecloth, all full of Tang Style.


Tang Palace maid-in-waiting dance lightly, the graceful posture arouses envy. Ribbons windward lightly fluttering skirt sleeve of a robe fluttering ruffles.


Tang beauties Concubine Yang’s sleeves performances stunning debut surrounded by the maids of honor, the audience exclaimed cheers for her!



Trance, the Tang emperor and Empress slowly walked into stage from the red lacquer door, jubilant scene. 

The woman sitting on the lotus danced for Tang emperor. 

Xinjiang performances also add to the fun: Xinjiang dance and belly dance are somewhat charming and refreshing.


We were indulging in the performances, and then one hour passed by.  
 

   

Shuyuan Gate – experience the ancient charm 

Shuyuan Gate Ancient Culture Street is not far from the Drum Tower. There is an ancient and tall archway in the west corner of the street, with two eye – catching couplets on both side the archway. The sides of the street are the shops selling selling ink, paper and ink, as well as paintings and calligraphy works, rich of cultural atmosphere, visitors can appreciate a different urban landscape from other places in the Xi’an city.

This Guanzhong Shuyuan was one of the leading academies in ancient China and the highest institution of Shaanxi Province in Ming and Qing Dynasty. 

We had a very keen interest in the ink, paper, ink, seals, seal carving and antique trinkets.


Went inside is the famous Stele Forest, but we had no time, because we had to rush to see the superb performance, as well as the non-material cultural heritage – shadow play in the Drum Tower. 

Intangible Cultural Heritage – eternal farewell shadow play 
Shadow play, also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated figures (shadow puppets) to create the impression of moving humans and other three-dimensional objects. It originated during the Western Han Dynasty in Shaanxi, but now it faces the doom of the lost due to the complex process, making difficult, opera accents make it difficult for the modern people to accept.


The show was performed in a small hotel. This man is the boss as well as the main actors of show, who greeted us warmly and explained while performing. 

The show we saw that day is a happy story about a peddler and a girl has betrothal with each other, but never met each other, so the peddler goes to sell groceries in the front of the house of the girl, in order to peek at the wife-to-be. To his delight, the girl is very beautiful and smart to be a good wife. 


Look, the peddler came to the stage with his carrying pole, and selling groceries outside the house of the girl, but nobody responds to him, so he sit on the carrying pole and wait the girl. Because there is nothing to do, he tilted his legs and starts to smoke. It looked so funny, and we were amused laugh. 


Then the heroine made a show. She didn’t know the man is her fiancé and bargain with him. 


The end of the show


I noticed that there is new generation of shadow play works on the wall. They tried their best to do all kinds of attempts to try to protect and maintain this ancient craft so that it will not be lost. 


Xi’an customs in the Drum Tower Hui Street

After watching the shadow play, we strolled to famous Drum Tower Hui Street, the most prosperous area of Xi’an city, and is the good place to experience Xi’an customs.

Mouth watering Xi’an snacks

The famous Jia’s Baozi


sweet and delicious candy Sydney

sour soup noodles

Roasted Nang, bigger than the face

The lamb shashlik, very delicious

Hair-thin dragon’s beard candy 

Rose stuffed fried dried persimmons taste sweet, favorites by young girls


Squeezed sweet pomegranate juice


Crystal persimmon


fried sweet potatoes, sweet and crisp


Good business, the boss kept urging the man a little quick


Hui customs – Hui inhabited by about 30 million Hui people, rich in Muslim culture and atmosphere and form a specific landscape for Xian. 

A Muslim grandfather with a small white hat nap in front of the home


Shaanxi characteristics Tigers cap and tigers shoes are placed in front of thehouse to sell


Features Shadowgraph


The grandmother walked into the yard. 


The gentle beauty Hui woman adds a lot of beautiful scenery for the whole street. 

The first time to see so many people queuing up to buy meat

The mosque was hundreds of years ago, the people living in the street walk in the historical monuments. Strolled out, the end of our perfect journey 

    


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