I’ve just finished packing up all of my stuff, save for my computer. I’ve double and triple checked the hotel to make sure I’ve left nothing behind, and from what I can tell, I’ve got everything. Next stop, Xi’an.
Xi’an is in the province of Shaanxi, about a 2 hour and 20 minute flight from where I currently am. It’s also home to the Terracotta Warriors, a giant eleventy-billion kilogram bell, and various other must-see things for the newbie travelling in China. It is also only a hop, skip, and a jump from Huashan – the 2000+ metre mountain that I’m aiming to climb. You may remember that it’s also home to the world’s “most dangerous hike”, and that a teahouse of sorts awaits me at the top. I’ve also learned that it has numerous temples on the hike up, so I’m likely going to be taking about a zillion more photos.
My week in Dalian has been amazing. Yesterday it was capped off with a trip to the new Dalian Nationalities University campus (which is huge), Golden Pebble Beach, lunch at a local Japanese restaurant, and then an adventure into downtown Dalian, plus a jaunt to the sea and the largest square in the city (Xinghai Square) and Asia for that matter. This all came at the end of a great week meeting faculty and students at the university, giving a talk on community engaged scholarship and computer science, and filling my face with authentic Chinese food.
I’m not saying that Xi’an has a lot to live up to, but I’m also not not saying that.
Somehow I have a feeling that it’ll deliver.