The tea ceremonyAfter we left the Terracotta Warriors we were taken to a tea house for a well earned cuppa, and an unexpected tea ceremony which was wonderful. I bought some Lychee tea and am about to go and make myself a cup right now! It is good for the skin apparently but it just tastes good to me!
Museum exhibitsThen it was back to Xi’an, where we visited a large Museum, which was very interesting but it had a been a hot and tiring day and we knew we were going to visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, so we had a very quick look round the museum, then our guide found us and we asked if we could go to the Wild goose Pagoda sooner than planned. Sindy agreed and off we went.
The Wild Goose PagodaThe Wild Goose Pagoda is a working Buddhist Monastery, the Pagoda itself is the Library. Apparently a few years ago the building started to lean to one side, due to the weight of the books inside!! The books were all moved, the building repaired, the books all put back and hopefully the building will now last another couple of hundred years. It was also noticeable that because the buildings are in constant use, everything inside was spotlessly clean. I will be doing a blog about the Forbidden City very soon, the interiors of the buildings there are noticeably dusty!
The Buddhist Monks pray here daily.
Probably rung to summon the monks.
Another amazing ceiling!The Pagoda is surrounded by the monk’s garden, it is a beautiful place, very calm and peaceful, with chickens running around, birds in cages hanging from the trees, Buddha statues and large stones extolling the virtues of a garden. Just wonderful .
Porcelain plaques all round the walls
Another wonderful ceilingWe spent a very pleasant hour in and around the Pagoda then it was back to the Hotel, where we were booked for dinner and a show in the Hotels own Theatre. The dinner was dumplings, which are totally unlike our dumplings, they are pasta wrapped around various fillings, you dip these in a type of vinegar and they are just great! We had dumplings shaped like swans, ducks and peacocks, and filled with all varieties of meat and fish, mmmm yummy! After dinner the show started, it was lovely to see a Chinese show, it was very colourful and entertaining, a great ending to a very busy but lovely day! We slept well that night I can tell you!