A pleasant walked followed by a death defying ride.
18.06.2012 - 18.06.2012 84 °F
On our final night in Xi’an we decided to walk the ancient city walls. The walls form a square around the old part of the city. Within the walls there is a bell tower and a drum tower. The bell would ring in the morning to let the people know that the gates were open and the drum would sound at night to let the people know that the gates were closed. While we were close to the North Gate, the South Gate was the only entry point open after 7 PM so we hailed a taxi to the South Gate. The walls are absolutely beautiful at night. Red lanterns hang and give off soft light while the gatehouses are covered with lights and stand out so brightly against the night sky. We also discovered that we could peek down at what people were doing in the city. We saw a rollerblading ring, older people line dancing in a park, and people walking along the streets into restaurants and bars. It seems like everyone goes outside at night to walk and have fun after dinner.
Instead of taking a taxi back to the hotel we were feeling adventurous and decided to take a scooter taxi back to the hotel. The scooter taxi is just what it sounds like. It is a scooter that hauls a covered cart behind it. The breeze felt fantastic and the ride itself was very thrilling. Buses and cars came within inches of the scooter and pedestrians stepped out in front of us several times. We went through a roundabout and I have no idea how we were not hit. Our driver weaved in and out of traffic and when we were only a block away from our hotel, he started driving down the wrong side of the road so that he could drop us directly in front of our hotel. Yikes!