Tags

, ,

We took an overnight train ride from Beijing to Xi’an. Here’s what a Chinese train platform looks like:

Image

Step 2: Exit the station and look for your ride. Good luck!

Image

Look! We found them!

Image

We walked from the station to a parking lot behind this apartment building where we caught our van to the hostel.

Image

After hanging out at our hostel for a bit, we went back to the train/bus station to catch a bite to eat and head to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. We assumed we’d be able to find a few decent places to dine near the station, but found none and quickly lost our steam. We were pretty tuckered out from traveling the night before.

So we caved and ate at the McDonald’s next to the bus station. We took pictures to be ironic. Pete ordered the “Black and White” Burgers, a limited-time offering in China that turned out to be quite successful. Apparently, the burger combo is a visual metaphor for the phrase “heibai liangdao tongchi” (黑白两道通吃), which describes people who have friends on both sides of the law–government and organized crime. Basically, “hooked up.” Too bad the burgers weren’t very tasty and Pete didn’t feel very privileged. Aw, but look at him! He’s smiling anyway! What a trooper!

ImageImageImage

Day 2…This was first time I’d encountered an elevated, circular, pedestrian walkway. Actually, it wasn’t so much the shape of the walkway as the vastness of the intersection that impressed me.

ImageImage

A few photos from the Muslim District where one may find delicious food, fresh whole livers for sale, knock-off Gucci purses, and antique daggers.

ImageImageImage

Advertisements