Day 15: Jingzhou to Xi’an

Today we start for Xi’an, where our two members would join us at Xi’an. Aviv is extremely happy as his mother, Aditi, and younger sister Avya, aged 3 years, are reaching Xi’an in the night. Today also we plan to travel 730 kms.

We left quite late today after breakfast at 9 am. The breakfast was western menu also. So, we were happy.

It was again journey where we crossed many tunnels, one of them 5 kms. long. The scenery was enchanting. Though we started late, we could reach before dark at 7:10pm. We had our lunch with us, so we saved time on going to a restaurant and waiting for our order to come. Getting a restaurant in China where we can eat something of our choice, is also a tall order.

Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province in China. It is a sub-provincial city on the Guanzhong plain in North western China. It is one of the oldest cities in China.  Xi’an is the starting point of the ancient Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. It has population of 12 million (1 crore 20 lakhs). The meaning of Xi’an is “Western peace”.

From Xi’an, we will start moving west side towards the western borders of China and then we enter Kyrgystan after about 9 days later. As we move towards Western China, the night temperatures may come down a bit. When we enter Kyrgystan, the temperature may be 1 degree centigrade.

It is a rest day.  After travelling for roughly 700 kms. each day for two days, we look forward to the Rest day. 

We plan to visit Terracotta Army Centre tomorrow.

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