25.05.2017 - 25.05.2017
This morning we were allowed a sleep in as we didn't need to leave the hotel until 10am. We went to visit the city wall. It was built 4,000 years ago and is the most intact defence wall in the world. The wall is 44klms long. In the centre is the bell tower which represents the centre of Xi'an. We were allowed 50mins of free time to walk around and explore. Cheryl was the star today as she was asked to have her photo taken with some Chinese lady. It's all a bit bizarre but the people are so sweet when they ask. Not all ask which is weird but most do.
We went to lunch at a local restaurant which was Buffett style and I tried poached egg in fermented sticky rice soup. Now it sounds disgusting but it was actually quite nice - very sweet.
Next stop was the airport for our flight to Beijing. Security has been very tight since the bombing in Manchester. We had to get on a bus to be driven quite a way from the terminal to the plane. The flight was just over 1-1/2 hours and the luggage came out relatively quickly - compared with Wuhan where we waited for nearly 30mins.
We drove past the Olympic Village and the stadium on our way to dinner. After dinner time for transfer to the hotel and it turns out it's near the stadium. Cheryl & I will probably go explore on our free day. Tomorrow we are off tothe Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square before going to a King Fu show.
Thankfully my cold is much better but a few more people on the tour have caught it now.
Time for photos and then bed. We get another sleep in tomorrow. Tried to have one this morning but woke up before 6am and couldn't go back to sleep. Managed to catch a few zzzzz's on the plane.
Until next time
Janelle & Cheryl