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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