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XI'AN is the capital of Shaanxi province. Its name means "western peace". For those interested: it's the first two characters in yellow at the top. The first one is "xi" (meaning 'western'), the second one is "an" (meaning 'peace' or 'quiet'). The latter is the symbol of a woman underneath the symbol of a roof.

Looking at the map of China though, you will find the city located rather in the middle, a bit to the east of it in fact! That's because of those big, outstretched, thinly populated western provinces Xinjiang, Gansu, Qinghai and Tibet. Xi'an forms a bridge between main China and those remote but fascinating regions.

Having been an ancient Chinese capital, Xi'an has lots of interesting sights, such as the terracotta warriors. The city feels like a crossroads of civilisations, with lots of ancient Chinese culture, a lively muslim quarter and plenty of influences from the west too.

All this makes Xi'an a regular destination for tourists in China. We were there three times. On our last (latest) Chinese trip to/from Xi'an we visited southern Gansu, eastern Qinghai and the small islamic province Ningxia.

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THIS PICTURE was taken the last night before we flew back to Europe. It's a night scene outside of our favourite restaurant in Xi'an. It had been some time since we were there and we were happy to find it again and still going strong.

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Recently the city has been in the news with a new covid outbreak (relative)
and major lockdowns in operation (not so relative).

I hope everyone is OK!

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