On the sixth day of our trip we flew to Xi’an for a day. We landed in crazy smoggy weather that was a little shocking. Is it always like this?
We started our Xi’an adventure with a dumpling banquet that featured shapes like ducks (my fave), frogs, bears, and others. Does anyone know what that round thing beside the duckling is by the way (the pink and white one)? I didn’t end up trying it because there was an intense discussion at our table where people were tasting it and saying “Meat?” “No, maybe a vegetable?” “No it’s too rubbery.” “Hm, it’s REALLY chewy…” Pass…
After the dumpling banquet, we watched a Tang Dynasty show with a whirling cast of colorful dancers:
We left about 3/4 through the show and the girls were not happy. They were just fascinated and wanted to stay and watch the whole thing and were Not Sleepy At All, but back in our room I turned around to brush my teeth and turned back around to see this:
The next day we rode bikes at the Ancient Wall. SO fun. A little dangerous with wobbly me at the helm of one of the tandems, but the teeny passengers didn’t seem to mind the imminent danger. It was all just so interesting.
Ran from the Ancient Wall to the Terra Cotta Warriors. The girls were most intrigued by the horses. I loved seeing the people working in the pits to reassemble tiny little pieces. TubaDad just liked how many of them there were.
This picture makes me smile. We saw our reflection in these massive mirrored doors and stopped to try to take a family pic (lots of funny faces and multiple tries, as you can imagine) and when we got inside the building Jane and Bobby were dying laughing. They had been inside the whole time, pressing their faces up against the glass and yelling while watching us through that one-way glass.
Then onto a late, late-night plane that was delayed even further, and resulted in this dual face plant in the hotel lobby when we finally arrived in Chengdu.