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China - Xi An : Famen Temple 法门寺

Xi An - Sep 2015

On our very last day in Xi An, we decided to pay a visit to Famen Temple which is the no. 2 Cultural Symbol of Shaanxi" - second only to the Terracotta Warriors. 

A tram towards the temple complex

The new complex - Namaste Dagoba


Famen Temple 法门寺
Direction: Take Tourist Bus No.2 at Xi'an Railway Station, get off at Famensi Museum station. The bus departs at 08:00 and back at 15:00. Bus ticket is CNY25.
Location: Famen Temple Scenic Spot (120 km west of downtown Xi'an), Famen Town, Fufeng County, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province.
Entrance fee: CNY120 
Opening hours: 08:00-18:00

China - Xi An : What to eat in Xi An

Xi An - Sep 2015

Drum Tower 西安鼓楼 is located in the heart of Xi An and offers incredible views of Xi An. 

It is next to the Muslim Quarter 回民街 where you can easy settle for dinner after a long day. You can find all the traditional must eat food in Muslim Quarter . 

Osmanthus flower tea cake 桂花糕

Kabobs 烤串儿

Soup Dumpling (灌汤包)

Yogurt milk 酸奶

Pork Sandwiched Between Pita Bread (肉夹馍). The queue was crazily long but it cleared up very fast. This is one of my favorites.

Stir Fried Bean Jelly  炒凉粉

This is my favourite of all but it was abit oily though. 

Cold Noodles 凉皮

This looks very carnivores.

HAHA it has this weird hairclip trend going on then.

I bought myself a couple of those. I think I looked like a mad woman LOL

stirred fried chilli potato

Biang Biang Mian looks our our mee hoon kuay

"Biang" is one of the most complex chinese character which does not exist in the chinese dictionary.

How the character came about:
你一扭 我一扭
你一长 我一长

Lastly, this was our last mac breakfast - luncheon meat crepes, soya milk and hashbrown.

China Reveals Plans to Build Hotel, Restaurants at Everest Base Camp

Anyone who follows the mountaineering scene on Everest with any regularity already knows that it has become quite a commercial affair. But, China has decided to take that level of commercialization even further by revealing plans to build hotels, restaurants, and a climbing training center on the Tibetan side of the mountain.

On the Nepali side of the mountain, visiting Everest Base Camp is big business. Each year, thousands of travelers make the trek to EBC just to get a glimpse of the mountain. That isn't the case on the Chinese side of the mountain however, although officials there are hoping to change that. Earlier this year a paved highway running to the Tibetan camp opened, making it easier than ever to reach that point. But, that highway has also cleared the way for other businesses to begin setting up shop as well.

The plans for this project include building a training facility for mountaineers hoping to climb the mountain, as well as creating a base for a search and rescue team as well. Both of those operations would be a great addition to either side of the mountain. But, the ambitious long-term goals for the project also include expanding the site with hotels, restaurants, shops, and even a museum.

Chinese officials see this as a way to increase economic growth in Tibet and expand tourism operations there. While altitude is still a concern for anyone wanting to visit Everest Base Camp, on the Tibetan side of the mountain you can avoid a week long hike and go by car instead. The problem is, at the moment there isn't much to see there. If this project comes to fruition, that would change and allow many more visitors to visit the region.

The idea of commercializing the Tibetan side of the mountain is also part of an even bigger plan to raise interest in snow sports ahead of the 2022 Olympics games to be held in Beijing once again. The hope is to change perceptions about the activities that are available within the country and get visitors to realize there are opportunities to potentially ski, snowboard, and snowshoe while visiting China, and Tibet in particular.

There is no announced timeline for when this project will move forward, but it does appear that construction could begin as early as next year. If that is the case, it is possible that we could see a working hotel near the mountain within the next few years.

China - Xi An : Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum + Qian Ling Masoleum

Xi An - Sep 2015

Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum 秦始皇陵

The Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang is the largest imperial tomb in China with the richest buried objects. It is situated about 1.5 km east from the Terracotta Warrior Museum.

The tomb mound itself at present days still remains largely not excavated but a number of high technologies were used to explore part of the site. The underground museum has been located at the center of the mound. 

According to the scientific exploration and partial excavation, they found a significant amount of metal is present in the underground which constituted a very good drainage system that appeared did not has any flood incident before.

However, some believe that if the underground museum is fully excavated, it would cause the mercury to volatilize quickly. China's current technology is not able to deal with this large scale of the underground excavation yet.

Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum 秦始皇陵
Entrance fee: March 1 - end of November: CNY150; December 1 - end of Februay: CNY120
Opening hours: March 16 to November 15: sell ticket from 08:30 to 17:00, stop check-in at 18:35; 
November 16 to next March 15: sell ticket from 08:30 to 16:30, stop check-in at 18:05

Qianling Mausoleum 乾陵

Qianling Mausoleum is the joint tomb of Emperor Tang Gaozong and his Empress Wu Zetian (the only Empress in the Chinese History).

There are pairs of winged horses and rose finches along the sacred path. Ancient Chinese supreme rulers wanted their afterlife would be prosperous so they often had propitious creatures, birds, beasts placed in front of their mausoleum to guard them. 

Unlike other tablets located at the site, this tablet has no written inscriptions. This is the tablet of Empress Wu Zetian. Usually tablet would bear a description of the deceased's achievement, however the Empress believed that her achievement should be written by her future generation instead of by herself.

Qianling Mausoleum 乾陵
Go to railway station east square and take Tourist Bus #3 to QianLing masoleum (2hrs ride)
Bus ticket: CNY18

Entrance fee: March 1 to November 30: CNY 122; December 1 to the end of next February: CNY 82
Opening hours: March 1 to November 30: 08:00-18:00; December 1 to the end of next February: 08:30-17:30