Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beijing & Xian Day 3: Panda's, Rickshaw Tour's, Visiting local families & flights to Xian

Today we started the day with a trip to the Beijing Zoo and we got to see Panda’s!! Among many other animals such as hyena’s, monkeys, wolves and many more. After the zoo we took an hour rickshaw tour to a 250 acre village of the Shichahai area which is the most renowned historical and cultural quarter in Beijing. The ancient imperial mansions, celebrities former residences, and the trendy boutiques and bars along the narrow alleys showcased both ancient and modern glamour of beijing.

   We experienced the local resident’s daily life by tracing the age old hutongs and courtyards.

When we got there we went to visit a local family. At this local families home we soon found out that the man of the house was actually an artist who has travelled to 35 countries showcasing his art. They told us about the village, told us some family history and showcased some of the art work. We were then able to purchase signed artwork from the home studio itself. 

   After the rickshaw tour we had to quickly go to the airport as we had an afternoon flight to our next destination Xian. 

Upon arrival in Xian we met our local tour guide Francis who led us on a knowledgeable tour of Xian as we were transported to our dinner venue & hotel.  (Did I mention it was all you can eat & drink) 

 It was a short day for us as it was a travel day & a free night to recuperate. 

-xx an apple a day 

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