Isn’t this a great saying? It decorates an outside wall of a school that trains tour guides!
As in Beijing, Elder Hostel arranged interesting speakers for our tour in Xi’an. We had a really great lecture on language and calligraphy from a University professor. We had noticed that street signs and many other signs were in English besides Chinese characters. We learned that there are so many Chinese dialects that Chinese people from different parts of the country cannot understand each other. Mandarin is the national language which all school children study but many older people who do no speak Mandarin cannot communicate outside of the area where they were raised. Hong Kong Chinese and Taiwanese Chinese are also different.
But Chinese characters can be read in any of the dialects! The sign means the same thing; just the spoken word is different. Interestingly, English is sometimes their common language. It was not unusual to overhear conversations between young Chinese people in English!
The Shaanxi History Museum is filled with beautiful ancient and modern relics from around the province.
This bowl of grapes is carved from one solid piece of jade!
One of our best meals was a dumpling dinner.
We were told that what is inside the dumpling determines it’s outside wrap…..
Hmmm….does that mean this one was frog legs? Cute though!
Now we’ll check out the amazing variety at the local market.
These two are skinning eels!
A pile o’ frogs – dumpling material?
Now for some culture. This Tang Dynasty performance included music, dancing and opera. The costumes were beautiful.
from Wikipedia: The original pagoda was built during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of Tang (r. 649-683), it stood 54 m (177 ft). This construction of rammed earth with a stone exterior facade eventually collapsed five decades later. The ruling Empress Wu Zetian had the pagoda rebuilt and added five new stories by the year 704; however, a massive earthquake in 1556 heavily damaged the pagoda and reduced it by three stories, to its current height of seven stories. The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda was extensively repaired during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) and renovated again in 1964.
Next to the Pagoda Park is the Tang Dynasty Arts Museum.
A little art demonstration.
This was a lovely park. We also appreciated the great weather.
smog does give a nice glow to the evening light.