A two hour flight North from Guangzhou, which yes could get you to the south of France from the UK, meant we reached Xian, our first destination. A Chinese City known for its City Wall, history of the first Political site of Ancient China and the Terracotta Warriors uncovered beneath a field of pomegranate trees.
Our hotel, PuSu Boutique, was about a 50min drive from the airport and was situated near the South gate of the city wall, with the wall right outside the hotel. The hotel was quite chic in terms of the decor and was quite a small hotel which meant that it was quiet and we were well looked after.
Xian city wall
Wasting no time after checking in we checked out the ancient city wall. We hired tandem bikes to cycle around the 12km of wall which was definitely the most time efficient way. However, the ride was perhaps not as comfortable as having your own bikes with the uneven laying of the top of the wall and lack of rear suspension! But it certainly was a novelty and it was nice to take a short break every now and again! The views were cool looking at the surrounding parts of the wall where it was the new part of the city with the high rise buildings in contrast to the older parts enclosed by the wall. It was definitely worth doing and it was good that the weather was not too hot either as it is very exposed on the wall.
I thought Elaine should experience my China life!! Checked out a different nail bar which was more Chinese style than a more modern boutique I usually go to. They had a big flat screen TV though which was different and we watched 'Wonder' whilst having our nails done. They do such a thorough job over here vs ones I have been to in the UK and for over half the price! So it is always a lovely treat - but a long one, 2 hours later we were home!!
Seeming to be a common time for family and friends to visit, we took our guests to one of our favourite restaurants (another Chinese classic of Turkish food...) Doors. A lovely evening had by all and what a way to celebrate the end of Term 2 in Guangzhou, how lucky to have such wonderful friends and company.
What better way to introduce our China life to our lovely visitors... going out for a Japanese meal!! I was also new to this experience and can't wait to go again. We had our own VIP room (thanks Steve and Bella) with our own chef to cook all the dishes we chose. Anything from Sushi to brandy bananas and ice cream!! We enjoyed an amazing feast of beef steak, seafood, rice, sushi and of course those bananas, which make an incredible finalé for your meal.
Canton Cycle Tour
After spending a few days in Hong Kong the Slater's arrived in Guangzhou! What better way to explore and show them the city we live in than on a bike for 12km! The tour starts at a branch of The Happy Monk in the West of the City where we were met by Nicole and Andrew to start our tour with about 8 other people. It took about 4hours and that included several stops at key places in Guangzhou, where Nicole (who is Cantonese) ad Andrew would explain the history and facts about these places.