We have arrived safely in Xi’An.
After only two days in Shanghai, we had to leave for Xi’An , but not before hopping on a high speed train. Can you imagine traveling at 431km per hour on a train that using magnetic forces, can hover over the tracks ?
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Once at the airport, we boarded a plane from China Eastern Airline and headed for Xi’An. Xi’an is about 772 miles away from Shanghai. It took us a little over 2 hours to get there.
Xi’an, the capital of the Shaanxi province, lies in the protected valley of the river Wei. It was from this valley that the emperor Qin Shi Huangdi unified China for the first time.
We landed in a sea of fog and were soon met by our new guide Marvin, who took us to our hotel. It was a lot colder here than in Shanghai. Only 2 Degrees Celcius. The forecast calls for some snow tomorrow. The first thing we saw upon entering the hotel was a huge Christmas display. We were told that younger people prefer celebrating Christmas over Chinese New Years. The reason: they think the Western culture is fascinating.
On the way to our room, we met a couple from New Hampshire, who had just adopted a little Chinese baby girl a few days earlier, they had named Haley. They told us that in these few days Haley had already learned a few words in English. She looked adorable.
Tomorrow we are meeting Marvin and he will take us to the Terracotta Warriors. We can’t wait to see them.
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