Images of China – Xi’an 2

Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi Province and is one of the oldest cities in China.  It is also a city of shopping malls, beautiful buildings and tree lined streets.  The city walls and moat date from 1360.

Xi'an 667 C Xi'an 432 C City GateXi'an 719 C Xi'an 492 CXi'an 455 C Xi'an 513 C

This large modern plaza is between the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower.

Xi'an 638 WC Stitch (2)

Xi'an 441 C

Xi'an 439 C Bell Tower  The Bell Tower

Xi'an 608 C Bell Tower Xi'an 650 C

Xi'an 647 C Xi'an 639 C Drum Tower

The Drum Tower

The lively Muslim Quarter and market is nearby.

Xi'an 612 C Muslim Quarter Xi'an 633 C Xi'an 634 C

Birds are common pets and their owners bring them along to “hang out” in parks and other gathering places.

The Great Mosque of Xi’an was founded in 742.  It’s unusual because it’s architecture is totally Chinese.

Xi'an 614 CXi'an 613 C Great Mosque Xi'an 615 C Xi'an 618 C Xi'an 621 C Xi'an 625 C Xi'an 619 C Xi'an 622 CXi'an 624 C  Xi'an 631

Worn stairs at the prayer hall entrance.

Our hotel room had a great view of this busy plaza.  People would come out in the early morning to do Tai Chi.  Street cleaners would drive by very early too.  The street cleaning trucks played a little tune like an ice cream truck but the song was “Happy Birthday to You”! 

Xi'an 454 CXi'an 442 C Xi'an 444 C

I liked these neon lights though I have no idea what they are advertising!

Xi'an 506 C2 (2)Xi'an 507 C2

Some great restaurant names…..

Xi'an 436 C Xi'an 610 CXi'an 438 CXi'an 437 C

This sign says the “Xi’an Roast Ducker Staurant”.

We stopped in to see a modern shopping mall.

Xi'an 609 C Shopping Mall

The Xi’an city library and other street scenes………

Xi'an 456 C Library Xi'an 611 C Xi'an 431 C Xi'an 591 CXi'an 590 C

Isn’t it amazing what you can load on a bike!

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6 Responses to Images of China – Xi’an 2

  1. Beautiful photos from the land in my heart, thank you for sharing.

  2. lizziejoy10 says:

    Lovely photos. You bring China to life for me with your articles. Thank you. Blessings xx

  3. Oli says:

    It’s my great pleasure to award your blog with ”One Lovely Blog Award” 🙂 Please come and take your award here: http://heythatsmypic.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/one-lovely-blog-award/

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