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Wednesday, the Bell Tower and the Muslim Quarter

Cold and rainy today and we headed off to the Museum first and saw items from different dynasties as well as more about the terracotta warriors.

wishing tree at the Museum

wishing tree at the Museum


beautiful flowering bonsai

beautiful flowering bonsai


museum wall

museum wall which reminded me of our night at the opera house

 

Then to the Drum Tower and Bell Tower. The Bell Tower was used to tell the time to the people. There was a back street and subway entrance to the Bell Tower with small shops and our guide bought flower headbands for the two of us. From the Bell Tower,you could look in N,S,E,W directions in the old part of town as it is situated in the centre.

street view

East street view from the top of the Bell Tower


street link to Muslim street

street link to Muslim street

 

Then it was off to the Muslim quarter. The market area was a buzz of activity, excitement and noise, despite the bad weather. There were lots of food stalls including meat kebabs, candy, cakes … as well as places to buy souvenirs, clothing, jewellery and so on. Our guide took us first for lunch where we had meat buns and beef soup and after she bought Paul a kind of peanut brittle to satisfy his sweet tooth.

meat stalls including kebabs

meat stalls including kebabs


making candy

making candy


lunch

lunch


candy stall

candy stall


rice cake

rice cake

 

After visiting the Xian mosque whih was centrally located in the market area, we continued on through the market but then back to the hotel for a warm and pleasant cappuccino in our warm hotel!

Xian mosque

Xian mosque