Xi’an, China

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Xi'an is more than 3,000 years old and was known as Chang'an in ancient times. For 1,000 years, the city was the capital for 13 dynasties, and a total of 73 emperors ruled here. It is one of the oldest cities in China and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals. Xi'an is also the starting point of the Silk Road.

Xi'an means "Western Peace" and as of 2015, had a population of 8.7 million people.

Fun fact: Xi'an was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam. The Emperor of the Tang Dynasty officially allowed the practice of Islam in AD 651. Xi'an has a large Muslim community, the significant majority are from the Hui ethnic minority. 

Forbidden City

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Beijing Opera

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Hutong

A street in the Hutongs in the city of Beijing in China

The streets among Beijing’s hutongs are pretty narrow, especially with cars parked on either side, but somehow, they still manage to deal with the throngs of tourists that roll through snapping pictures of the capital’s old neighborhoods.

Beijing Sights

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Beijing is a weird city. Many of the buildings are plain, and when passing by them, you wouldn't think twice about taking a picture of them. Then, almost as if out of nowhere, you ride past buildings like these, that have probably been here for longer than most people in the city have been alive. For me, that's a definite plus to living in this crazy metropolis. There is such a mix of modern and traditional architecture which makes for a nice aesthetic when cruising through the streets. 

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Dumplings for Days

I don’t have the necessary skills to make dumplings of this quality. My friends sent me these pictures as they are much more skilled in the art that is dumpling making

Flags

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Due to the 19大, there have been an abundance of chinese flags around the city. Reminds me of the 4th of July, but as they love to say here, with chinese characteristics

Tsinghua's Lotus Flowers

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Bike sharing graveyard

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Christmas 2

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Christmas

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At it again

The amount of Chinese people who nap at IKEA can now officially be labeled as an epidemic  

Cafeteria food

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Curry stew over rice on a banana leaf with chopped fried chicken on top and a side of sprouts.  

Llama Temple

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Llama temple. The big Buddha was 4 stories high. You walk through and there are 5 different sections to pray in. Light 3 incense each time in the provided flame, pray, then throw the incense into a big box. Rinse and repeat. 

Bao it up!

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It was all fun and games until the actually "bao" ing of the jiaozi started. Incredibly challenging to get it just right  

Beijing

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Heyo

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This is like the Chinese scooter version of truck nuts  

Wuhan Gym

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Asked how much a day pass would be, and they told it was free because "Fitness is important". +1 for Wuhan

Jingshan Park

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Tiannanmen

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