Saturday, October 29, 2011
We had an easy flight to Xian, so easy that I actually don't remember it at all. Quick background: Xian is located in the Yellow River Basin and is one of the birthplaces of civilization. It has seen 3,100 years of development and 13 dynasties, giving it equal fame with Athens, Rome, and Cairo as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals. After landing, we dropped our bags off at our hotel and then headed to a Tang Dynasty dinner and show, which was filled with traditional song, dance, and colorful period costumes.
Friday, October 28, 2011
We are now in Pippa Hill, the center of Chongqing City, in People's Square. In the 1st and 3rd photo you can see the Great Hall of the People. It was built in 1951 and is used as a performance venue. The long wings on either side are the People's Hotel. The other two photos show the Chongqing Museum which opened in 2005 to replace the old museum. This was a nice last stop before heading to the airport to board our flight to Xian.