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. 

Terracotta Army - Xi’an, China

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The Terracotta Armyis a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting the emperor in his afterlife.

The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong County, outside Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.

The terracotta figures are life-sized and vary in height, uniform, and hairstyle in accordance with rank.

Also, I have no idea what that lady is doing squatting on the ledge.

Beijing is getting warmer

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Ditan Park - Beijing, China

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Afternoon Snooze

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Jing A Brewery - Beijing

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Lanterns Lanterns Lanterns

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Lantern Festival

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First Snow of 2019

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Got ‘em

Temple of Heaven

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北京太冷了

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Forbidden City

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Montana Burger

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Burger from Blue Frog in Beijing. Monday’s are buy one get one free - easy choice for Monday dinners

Crawfish dinner

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Crawfish in a spicy garlic sauce, sliced pig lungs over chopped cucumbers topped with peanuts, and clams in spicy garlic sauce

Chinese New Year meme

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Last meal of 2018

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This was at a nice Italian place in Beijing called Mercante

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New Year at Work

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The lanterns went up right around Christmas, so although they were in preparation for Chinese New Year in February, one couldn’t help but think they were there to combat the Western holiday just a bit. Chicken plate on top was from a Mexican restaurant in the hutongs called Pebbles, which isn’t too shabby considering how far from Mexico China is.

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Sunset

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It’s odd to take a picture like this, and then look back at it and think “ya, Beijing is beautiful.” Too often we get caught up in the flow of things that we forget to stop, take a moment, and appreciate where we are and what’s around us.

Merry Christmas from Beijing!

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Christmas in Beijing is really about what you make it. Luckily, I wasn’t the only foreigner who didn’t go home, so there were lots of laughs, good food, and of course, ugly sweaters.

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Afternoon Park Adventure

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