I would highly recommend anyone to visit Xi'an City if you only have one chance to visit China. I have so far visited Beijing, Tianjin, Chengde, Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Jiuhuashan, Chengdu, Emeishan, Guangzhou, Dunhuang, Huashan, Xi'an and passed through many smaller towns too. I love Xi'an City the most for its vast and well preserved historical sites especially the thousands of Terracotta Warriors buried inside the many Tombs of First Emperor Qin Shi Huang. This place would really blow your mind!
Xi’an is a very large bustling city with a population of 8.7 million. It is the capital
of Shaanxi Province in central China and once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace).
It marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han
and Tang dynasties' ruling houses.
That morning we walked outside our Ramada Bell Tower Hotel
and saw a small crowd. My wife went to look-see and
kaypoh for so long!
The city folks were gambling real cash by the streets!
The banker challenged anyone to play the Chinese Chess
against him. I was so tempted to try my Chinese Chess
skills but chickened out.
We had walked past the famous Drum Tower nearby the hotel.
We also walked past this Bell Tower.
They have very good subway systems on par with Japan.
The handsome guys were smartly dressed like
Chinese Grooms to guard & usher at the train's doors!
Wall advertisement: SHAANXI YUANDA MALE DISEASE HOSPITAL
We took the subway train to visit this famous ancient
Daxingshan Temple which is located at the Xiaozhai's business
district in the South of Xi'an.
I was acting cute outside PARKSON's which is the most high end
department stores in China! They sell all the branded stuffs.
Entrance to Daxingshan Temple which was first built during the
Western Jin Dynasty. Later around year 582AD of the Sui Dynasty,
the Emperor Wendi name it Da Xing Shan Temple.
I reenacted SK's Signature pose. Cute or not?
This is a picture of the most famous Monk Kukai of Japan
who led his entourage to study Buddhism from this temple.
Later, he returned to Japan to spread the Buddhism and
went into meditation at the temple in Mount Koyasan
at Wakayama Prefecture. Many Japanese believe that he is
still alive in a meditative state. We visited this temple
and the largest cemetery in Japan. If you wish to read
my blog post, the LINK IS HERE.
The smaller prayer hall.
The impressive Main Prayer Hall.
The monks were leading the prayer chantings around the
golden statues of the Buddhas Of The 5 Directions.
This is a replica of The Wild Goose Pagoda.
My wife was spinning the mantra wheels for
World Peace & Harmony.
I was often been reprimanded for bad speech
and foul mouths!
This is the Officer From Hell. Do you remember my
blog post about the Hell Officer who spoke to me??
You can read them HERE.
Daxingshan Temple in Winter.