Overnight Train and Xi’an

soft sleeperI took my first train trip, overnight from Beijing to Xi’an.  Arriving at the station you have to find your train on the big board – it will tell you the waiting room to go to.  I had booked a “soft sleeper” – the highest class of tickets. I had a bed in a room with 3 others,  two sets of bunk beds.  An older guy – who offered to share his whiskey with me, a young gal, and a very quiet middle age man.  Each room has a thermos pot – and hot water is available at the end of each car.  As soon as locals get on the train they all start to eat – and everyone makes big containers of Ramen noodles. Ride was a bit bumpy and noisy by times, but I did sleep.  I came to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors and they are amazing.  How they ever put the pieces together to reconstruct them is beyond me.  Each one is different – and I was surprised to see they appear to be over 6 ft tall.  I rode the local city bus (15 cents) to the railway station to catch a bus to where the warriors are, about an hour from the city.  That bus cost $1 each way.  Girls at the hostel told me to take the 103 bus, last stop is the station.  I got on, lots of people with luggage – a good sign.  We got to a stop, they all got off, I followed them, over an overpass, and right to a bus terminal!! Oops.  Back on the bus and got it right the next time. I was able to navigate my way back to the hostel, by city bus, after dark – and am proud of it!  Smog is bad here too – I have a sore throat.  16 hour train trip south tomorrow night -should be warmer in Chendu.20151113_134010

Terracotta Warriors

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