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Our journey to Xi'an on the overnight train from Beijing was pleasant enough (minus the really loud snorer in our cabin; luckily Jo had earplugs for the both of us). But as soon as we stepped off that train, it was downhill for the day!

We waited a pretty long time for our hostel pick up at the station until some random guy told us he was from our hostel and could take us there. Us being the sensible girls we are did not take his word for it! It took about 15 minutes and several phone calls to the hostel for us to be satisfied that we weren't going to end up as the plot for the next 'Taken' film. All was fine in the end but better safe than sorry!! Strike one for the hostel - not having our names or the name of the hostel on a bit of paper!

So onto the hostel! A lovely building in an amazing location but possibly the rudest girl on duty when we arrived. Strike two for the hostel!

We spent most of the day seeing most of the sights in the city...The Bell Tower, The Drum Tower, The Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque. All of which were lovely! However the city seems to be shrouded in fog / smog that we're pretty sure isn't weather related. That coupled with the intense staring all day made it a bit of a suffocating experience.

Things went even further downhill when we tried to book our sleeper train tickets to Chengdu! Epic fail...all sold out!

We asked the hostel to try for us (cue surly reception girl who definitely does not like us). No luck again!

Further strikes for the hostel include...wi-fi only avaible within 5 metres of reception, hot water only available between 7am and 10m (so no showers for us today after spending two days of walking around cities and a night on sleeper train), lamp not working in room, wi-fi cutting off continually, having to get our own taxi to and from an excursion we paid the hostel for...the list goes on! Strikes infinity for the hostel!

Desperate, we decided we would just pay the extra for an air ticket to Chengdu rather than have to spend an extra night here! Hurrah...we managed to get a flight!!

Despite the disastrous day, we actually had a lovely evening at the Tang Dynasty show. Amazing food (unlimited dumplings) and a great performance! And a tuk-tuk ride back to the hostel!

Up early tomorrow to see the Terracotta Warriors which we're super exctied about! Then one more night here until we head to Chengdu to see some pandas!

Tam xx

PS - sorry for the negativity...we're actually having an amazing time (the bad stuff above is all just part of the experience and it has kept us laughing all day)!

Posted by Tam-Jo 01:19 Archived in China Tagged xi'an

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Sounds eventful! Can't believe how productive your travels are, I thought there would be a lot more wandering/drinking! Glad you weren't abducted en route to the hostel, you know how I feel about those places hobo ;o)

Had a very exciting morning myself today, I've got a ticket to GLASTONBURY!!!! oh the excitement! Wellie shopping required!

Hope you have a safe onward flight, and get some pics up!!

Bob xx

by Bobbington

OMG! What a day! So glad you're both being sensible. Sounds like you're having an amazing trip, if a little exhausting. You'll be glad to get the opportunity to crash on a beach somewhere :-). Loads of love, mum and dad xxxx

by Mum and Dad (v)

Bob - Glastonbury tickets!!! AMAZING!!!! Bet you're well excited!! Anyone decent playing??

No time for hangovers at the moment so we're avoiding anymore than 2 beers a night, as you all know we are lightweights!!


by Tam-Jo

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