It was a slightly foggy morning on the 14th of January and all of the international students were ready to leave for Xi’an for a two day cultural trip. Almost half of us were new students who got admitted to this university last year; hence it was our first experience to explore the historical places of Xi’an availing this exclusive opportunity.
According to plan we all gathered in the dorm lobby at 8 o’ clock and departed to high speed rail (No. G672). This train took us to Xi’an just within short duration of 23 minutes. The train journey was very comfortable and short as well.
Next to the railway station, tourist guide welcomed us all and then we got seated in air conditioned bus which took us to Xi’an forest of stone Tablets Museum Panorama, the city wall and the School Door with ancient street art style. This place was decorated with number of ancient architectural stone tablet which belong to Tang dynasty (618-907). Among them ‘the stone tablet of Huanfu Dan’, ‘the stone tablet of Master Monk Dao Yin’, ‘the stone tablet of Yan family shrine’, ‘the stone tablet of Xuanmi Pagoda’ and some other models belonged to Chinese calligraphy art. All students took a lot of pictures with different tablets and bought some historical emblems from ‘Xi’an Beilin Museum Store’.
After a detailed visit we went to a Muslim restaurant for lunch. It was excellent food; all students ate the food to their fill. Soon after some time we moved toward Great Wild Goose Pagoda. It was not very far away from the restaurant. The height of Pagoda was about 64.7 meter having seven stories. This was built during Tang dynasty by ‘Emperor Gaozong of Tang’. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang. Close up view of the eaves and exterior bricks were most attractive due to its captivating architecture. The beautiful environment of this historical heritage invited lot of foreigners all over the world. Chinese roof architecture was characterized by unique style with lot of work inside, depicts enchanting look.
Before the evening time, we moved toward the ‘Shaanxi History Museum’ which was a vivid source of information about history of ‘Silk Road’. According to displayed information board, this was opened to the public in 1991. It was also considered as ‘Demonstration Model of Adolescent Moral Education’ and first modernized museum in China. This museum occupied an area of 70,000 square meters including 56,000 square meters built up area. About 37,500 pieces (sets) of historical relics (bronze, pottery figures, gold and silver ware, coins, mural painting with distinguish characteristics) had been collected in this museum which represent different dynasties. Surprisingly, since its opening, over 10 million indigenous, as well as foreigner travelers have explored, amazed and rejoiced at the distinguished features of altered dynasties. After enjoying the whole day, we moved toward some restaurant for dinner because we were feeling little bit hungry.
Soon after finishing our dinner we all moved toward lotus palace which belonged to Tang dynasty. So it was named ‘Tang Paradise’. It covered about 165 acres, of which about 30 percent is in water. It also reminded song and dance performances about grand ceremonies during the Tang Dynasty. Since it was dark, the palace was looking as brilliant as gold. The light decoration was adding charming eye view in the glory of palace. In dazzling cold night, it was looking incredible. In the square of paradise, people were enjoying music fountain movie. This classical movie was synchronized with water fountain, sound and light. The film was set in the Tang Dynasty for visitors to relive the gloriousness of that time. It was warmly appreciated by clapping aloud by different students and other viewers. Due to whole day visiting, everybody was tired. So we left for hotel to take rest. The hotel was 5 stars standard with a peaceful environment. After receiving brief instruction from tourist guide we went to our bed room.
In the morning, we did breakfast from same hotel and moved to see traditional residence of Gao family and took a lot of pictures. We also visited a beautiful shopping plaza and spent so much time there. It was 11 o’ clock so time for lunch! We went to a restaurant and rejoiced with delicious lunch. Calmly, we walked toward Muslim Snack Street. We entered in an old mansion to enjoy a shadow play also known as shadowpuppetry. It was an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment. In China, Shadow puppetry originated during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) which later, was introduced to other Southeastern Asian countries and became popular. We were amazed by visiting the old mansion and knowing about a house layout in past time in China.
Then, we moved toward the Great Mosque of Xi’an which covered about 130,000 square meters. It was the oldest mosque which was founded in 742 during Tang dynasty. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xi'an was completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic calligraphy on walls. After this plenty knowledgeable visit we entered Muslim street to buy things. There was lot of hustle and bustle in the bazar including a number of foreigners. Everybody was delighting by the buzzing shopping, Chinese language, life style and conversations with native people. Soon after winding up, we moved toward a restaurant and did our dinner at 6 o’ clock and then to the railway station. We said the good bye to tourist guide. We got seated on high-speed rail No.G673 at 08:00 pm and returned back to Yangling within 23 minutes. Next to station, a university bus was waiting for us and finally we reached our dorm. Thank you every body for cooperation and coordination.