The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

Water and lights show at the Goose Pagoda in Xian.

While exploring Xian on our China Odyssey we visited the Wild Goose Pagoda where there was a great water and lights show on that evening.  The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi’an, built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. We were lucky enough to arrive at just the right time to get ourselves good standing places to watch this show. There were the usual large … Continue reading Water and lights show at the Goose Pagoda in Xian.

The Great Mosque

The Great Mosque of Xi’an is completely Chinese in style

After spending the morning exploring the famous XianCity wall we all headed to the Muslim quarter of this beautiful city. Here we got to explore the huge market and shop filled streets. As the starting point of the famous Silk Road, Xi’an attracted traders from the West since the 1st century BC. During the 8th century AD, Xi’an was the largest city in the world … Continue reading The Great Mosque of Xi’an is completely Chinese in style

What a beautiful sight having the deserted wall stretch out in front of us.

Exploring the mist shrouded Xian City Wall the “easy” way

We arrived in Xian after a 17 hour train ride from Chengdu. This super long train ride was not as bad as I expected as we played some card games and I actually had a chance to catch up on my travel writing. Sleeping on the bumpy ride was a bit difficult though, so by the time we arrived in Xian at 5 am we … Continue reading Exploring the mist shrouded Xian City Wall the “easy” way

A rank of soldiers. One of the soldiers on the left is missing his head, a result of the statues being made in pieces and then assembled.

Xian Terracotta Warriors, the Most Significant Archeological Excavation of the 20th Century.

The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavation of the … Continue reading Xian Terracotta Warriors, the Most Significant Archeological Excavation of the 20th Century.

Lotus Flower in Xian

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

One of my most carefree and untroubled moments during our China odyssey was sitting down and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the lotus pond at a park in Xian.   A lotus flower is a symbol of purity which rises unsullied through muddy water. It is also one of the Eight Buddhist symbols of good fortune.  Lotus flower has been used to indicate different … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

The Magnificent Mist covered Xian Wall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an author hints certain plot developments that perhaps will come to be later in the story. It is used to arouse the reader, viewer or listener about how the story will proceed and mentally prepare them for how it will unfold. Exploring the magnificent city walls of Xian during our China Odyssey was definitely an amazing adventure. Here is a taste of our mist covered … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow