To beat the immense heat and humidity in Foshan, we escaped to Xi'an City for a quick few days in May 2019.
This city is in some respects is just another typical Chinese city with constant noise, people and activity. As you travel from the airport towards the centre of Xi'an - you are see clusters of apartment buildings which are so tall they seem to touch the underbellies of the passing aeroplanes. The buildings are an endless colour of beige and more beige, which makes one feel quite sad especially when the sky is overcast.
As the taxi sped through the complicated roads, and U-turn inducing blocks, the sights slowly changed. The roads started to become more pretty with lines of rose trees with colours ranging from dusty pink to a bright cerise pink. We could slowly start to see the mesmerising and imposing Xi'an City Wall which is 12-14 meters across the top, 15-18 meters thick at bottom and 13.7 kilometers in length. Although the wall is a beige stone colour, there are many red flags and green trees to break the monotomy.
Taking the steep stairs up to the top of the wall makes you realise the wall's sheer height and scale. There is no lift so anyone who cannot scale the stairs is placed into a robot type contraption which "walks" slowly up the stairs one bit at a time. This is such a clever idea but I have to be honest, I had to wonder how safe it was. The elderly gentleman who was in the contraption seemed unperturbed and was just happy to be able to see the view from the top.
When you reach the top, you are able to see beautiful historical buildings as well as modern which all seem to co-exist perfectly together.
Since Xi'an City is considered a tourism city, there is a lot more English spoken which makes life much easier. Although funny enough our taxi driver to and from the airport, did not speak a word of English. Xi'an is a busy city with a lot of people bustling around, eating out, shopping and enjoying the sights of the city.
If you happen to visit Xi'an, you must visit the Terracota Warriors. But if I can give you a piece of advice, book a reputable tour guide rather than attempting it on your own. There are many people trying to make a fast buck so be careful. We booked a one day option with a tourism group which was based within the hotel reception area. This worked out very well as the reasonable cost covered the air con bus transportation, English speaking tour guide (called Nana), buffet lunch, Terracota Warrior Museum, Terracota Warrior factory and Banpo Museum. This was a fabulous and safe experience. The Terracota Warrior Museum is very large and extremely busy so be prepared to walk, queue and be patient to take photos. Due to the large crowds on the day we visited (apparently this was a quiet day), I was unable to get a photo of Pit 1, so my 6.2ft tall Husband was tasked with snapping some shots for us over the crowd.
Another landmark and highlight was the Bell Tower which was built at the then centre of the town. This is truly beautiful and magical!
Xi'an has a lot more to experience but unfortunately we only had a few days available. If you would like to know more or ask questions - feel free to leave a comment below.