Thursday, April 4, 2013

Big Goose

Pottering around Xi'an... First to the fabulous Shaanxi History Museum, forgetting that today is a public holiday and there was one almighty queue (and, by the way, an amazingly long kite which stretched several hundred yards up into the sky). But a bit of quick (and devious) thinking resulted in us joining the end of a Canadian tour group and we were in. Have already described the excellent collection here. 
Then to the Big Goose Pagoda (built in 652AD) to house the Buddhist sutras brought back from India by the monk Xuan Zang (he who inspired one of the best-known works in Chinese literature, Journeys to the West). The building itself is a tad dull, inside and out. 
Finally we ended up at the Drum Tower for a bit of a drum demo and a zip round a dark & dusty collection of furniture, and the Folk Museum for tea ceremony and shadow puppet show.

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