On our first day in Xi’an, we visited the City Wall and rented bicycles to ride around the top of the 8.6 mile-long wall. Originally constructed in the 1300s, it was restored in the 20th century using bricks donated from the homes of the local people who volunteered to rebuild it. Throughout, you can see the names of the bricks owners carved into the wall.
Our fellow travelers mounted up and ready to ride around the Xi’an City Wall. We’re joined on this trip by Australians, Canadians and a Swiss.
Xi’an’s lively Muslim Quarter is full of both local specialties and traditional Muslim snacks. This sweet treat looked like yellow cake or pineapple on a stick, but was actually yellow glutinous rice mixed with honey and coated in a syrup. It tasted a lot better than it sounds!
Our time in the Muslim Quarter was cut short by a freak rainstorm that sent everyone scurrying for cover. on our rain-soaked walk back to the hotel, we picked up dinner from various local food stalls… a great way to get to know the local culture.
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