Xi’an

We arrived at our Hotel which is just lovely. The flower designs in Hotels are very artistic. These I found so interesting that a bunch of Easter Lilies were bundled together and set slanted in the vase. Very pretty.

First day in Xi’an we went to a part of the city called the Muslim Quarter. Just as the name implies, the Muslim Quarter is the hub of the Muslim community in Xi’an. When you walk down the streets there is a mix of smells that range from spicy Chinese to curry. Vendors on the streets cooking. The food they cook is not much that I recognize. The Quarter covers several blocks inhabited by over 20,000 Muslims. There is a famous and most popular Mosque in the Huajue Lane. The Muslim Quarter is busy at night and people are calling you at every step to buy their wares. We met up with two young Chinese girls who gave themselves American names to converse with us. Tina and Sophie. They were college students who are majoring in English so it was fruitful for both. They were headed somewhere but changed their plans and hung out with us the whole evening.  They had as much fun as we did. They walked and taught us about the Quarter and had fun. I offered to buy them a ice cream but they won’t accept. The Chinese people have a thing about taking tips and being bought things. I think they are not allowed. But they were just darling.

Some of our sights of the people in the Muslim Quarter. An old women who is put in the street to sell the families fruit to make money to bring back to their family.

Walnuts were everywhere…..

 

It is not uncommon to see people wearing masks. The air is very bad in China.

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Our flower arrangements in every area of the Hotel Sofitel where just beautiful.  Very creative.  These Easter Lillies are tied in bunches to appear as a huge flower and are set in the vases sideways.  IMG_4586 IMG_4591

Again, life on the street.IMG_4600

We were so lucky to accidently meet up with two young Chinese women named Sophie and Tina.  They decided to stop what they were going to do and spent their evening with us.  So much fun.IMG_4604 IMG_4605 IMG_4608

The men loved it as you can tell.  They are both English majors and they got to practice speaking English and helped us with explainations of Muslim Square.IMG_4615 IMG_4620 IMG_4621 IMG_4625 IMG_4626 IMG_4633 IMG_4635 IMG_4636 IMG_4653Even something for the Mahjong gals. I don’t see any swing trays. Ha ha… I watched a bit. Their tiles are large.

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