Leshan & Dafo

Our first day in our final city. A day I had been waiting for most of the trip to come, the reason I rebuilt this whole trip myself rather than booking onto a pre-booked tour, to visit Dafo in Leshan – the giant Buddha. We filled up on a yummy breakfast in the hotel (best breakfast of the trip) and then spent the next 20 minutes trying to find our guide. In the end we found her hidden in a… View Post

Xian – Day 3

Day 9 on our grand Chinese adventure and our last day in Xi’an before flying to Chengdu/Panda land. Today was somewhat a day of additional new activities that weren’t things we had planned to come to China specifically for but were added on during my extensive planning stage with some help of our guide. First up was the Drum and Bell towers. The Bell tower (originally built in 1384) is a building which was built in the geographical centre of… View Post

Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Banquet

Check out what we did during the day!  Xi’an is relaxed. No matter how much you try and squeeze in it still feels relaxed. We managed to have a rest after our day with the warriors before we headed back out into Xi’an night life to experience the Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling dinner. Touristy yes but it was also so much fun. Please excuse my lack of pictures of actual dumpling. I need to work on this food picture… View Post

Xi’an – Day 2

After our action packed evening we had a good sleep and a later start so we were refreshed and ready to go. We were also very excited as today was the day we were going to see the Terracotta Warriors. Before we got there we headed to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It’s a Buddhist temple and has been standing in some form or another since 652, ranging in “layers” from 5 to 10, resting at 7 today. We wandered… View Post

Xi’an – Day 1

Having thought about it since posting my photo “essay” on The Great Wall of China I probably should have mentioned the awesome toboggan ride down from the top. It was a great end to a fantastic hike and although you have to walk much further than the cable car exit it’s so so worth it!!! I don’t have any pictures of the way down but take my word for it when I say it was so much fun!! Anyway on… View Post