Reporting from Xi'an
02.04.2011 - 03.04.2011 8 °C
We made it... we are in our hotel. We arrived after dark last night, and caught the airport bus to the city, which conveniently stops right outside our hotel - the Melody, although I haven't been anywhere yet, except the hotel foyer from our window I can see the Drum Tower and a beautiful laid out with little coloured squares of garden beds.
While Mike and Waigong (my Dad, otherwise known as Bob) were checking in, I got straight onto working out how we were going to get to the Bingmayong (Terracotta Warriors). With a lot of Chinglish and Engese we have booked a 7 seater van, with English speaking tour guide, driver to take us to the Warriors first and then on the way back to Xi'an to Dragon Pagoda. This is apparently not the usual route, as most finish at the Terracotta Warriors, but with negotiation, we are not paying for the entry into the sites for the guide (this has screwed us before, so I was ready to negotiate that).
Then crashed into bed for a good night sleep. Not the quietest hotel I've ever stayed in... but comfortable. Now breakfast, and then we're being picked up for our adventure at 9am!!
Warriors, here we come!!