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Xi’an: Local Restaurant

by gigi on April 24, 2008

No no, the name of the restaurant wasn’t called Local Restaurant. By the time I remembered that I didn’t copy down the name of our last restaurant in Xi’an, we were pulling away from the street on our way to the airport. Here’s a fleeting glance of the restaurant through the window of our car: […]


Xi’an: Horse Street

by gigi on April 21, 2008

Our tour guide took us to Horse Street to do some strolling and shopping. Horse Street is right in the city centre of Xi’an and was recently turned into a pedestrian-only area. Even though we were there on a week day, it was bustling with people and also had a lively row of food stalls. […]

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Xi’an: Hantang Era

by gigi on April 17, 2008

After spending the morning touring the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, we were off to lunch. Hantang Era turned out to be my favourite restaurant while we were in Xi’an. The inside had a modern design and was busy with several tables that were packed for lunch. We started off with a tomato-based vegetable soup. […]


Xi’an: Islamic Street Food

by gigi on April 16, 2008

One of the interesting things we discovered about Xi’an was that it actually has a fairly large Islamic community. We toured the city’s mosque in the morning, which was right next to the Islamic street market. During the summer months, it is extremely busy but since we were there during low season, it was not […]


Xi’an: Xingshen International Hotel

by gigi on April 8, 2008

After spending our morning looking at the terracotta soldiers, we were off to lunch. We ate on the second floor of the Xingshen International Hotel, which also housed a small market where you could buy souvenirs and knick knacks. Before our main dishes arrived, we were directed over to a small buffet table of cold […]


Xi’an: Tangchen Restaurant

by gigi on April 6, 2008

The first official city of our China/Hong Kong trip was Xi’an. Xi’an is the ancient capital city of China and is home to the terracotta warriors and the tomb of China’s first emperor. The region here is one of the agricultural centres of China and is full of rich farmland and we definitely had our […]