Sunday, November 24, 2013

Goodbye Xi'an, hello Chongqing

We made our last day in Xi'an count.

We went to see the city wall, the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower.

The city wall is impressive. It surrounds the old part of Xi'an. It was built 1370-1378 and is rectangular in shape, measuring 8.5 miles. It is 39 feet tall and more than 40 feet wide and was built of bricks to protect the city. It's been restored several times over the years and now is a big tourist attraction in Xi'an. You can climb atop it and walk around or rent bikes and ride. Jake really wanted to do the bike ride, so we rented a single-seat bike and a two-person bike. Violet and I took turns riding with Jake.

You be the judge if he had a good time:

The Bell Tower and Drum Tower served as clocks. They would bang the drum and ring the bell to tell time.

This is the Bell Tower:

Here is Jake beside the bell they would ring:

After the fun, it was off to the airport for the flight to Chongqing. We finally get to meet Jude tomorrow afternoon. We're here with another Lifeline family. They are from Georgia and are here to adopt their daughter from the same orphanage Jude is at.

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