Beijing – Xi’an.

Limited time slot this morning before our afternoon train to Xi’an, but still managed to fit in a few things. First up was Jingshan park so that we could walk up Feng Shui hill for the view across the Forbidden City…

Dad acquired a friend up the top and we later set off for some Chinese Tea in the Emperoress tea room. Delicious. Especially as we had three different brews (lychee, jasmine, national tea) all on the go at the same time with super small little cups. It was a beautiful tranquil experience, becomes more about conversation and the sharing of knowledge and ideas, than just a large mug of tea. I want to drink tea everyday this way!

Outside the Forbidden City…

Time was running out so we jumped into a little motorbike cab to leg it to Tiananmen Square…

Mao’s portrait at the Northern end of Tiananmen…

Walking South through the area…

Made our way back to the hotel to pick up our bags and jump in a cab to the Beijing West Railway station. Seriously, the amount of train stations these places have! St Petersburg and Moscow was the same. We were on the 2pm bullet train to Xi’an in Business Class…

Twelve hundred kilometers done in four and a half hours. Before the line opened at the end of 2012, the trip took eleven hours. Sheesh. Loving your rail China! Completely different experience to the week on the number four train… the bullet train was so incredibly smooth and quiet.

Arrived at our hotel. Wow. Room is HUUUUUGGGGEEEE. Not only do we have two beds, but a full on desk and chair, plush lounge chairs, slippers, robes and everything you could ever need laid out… with the most hilarious sign on the shower and a note pad next to the toilet. You know, for all those ideas you always get. A-mazing.

Set off in search of some dinner. Walked many a blocks before finding something. Most of what is around here is convenience type stalls and hole in the wall places with everything already cooked. Uhhhh dishes all shrink wrapped on the table? Ok then.

Delicious dinner, love the amount of vegetables and freshness China consumes. Had interesting spicy meat, LOVE broccoli and dumplings. The other dish, though it was squid when we looked in the menu (all the menus here are pictures! Amazing!) but turns out it might have been multiple types of mushroom? Still not quite sure. Sometimes its better just not to know here!

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