Walking on the Xi’an City Wall

One of the oldest cities in China, Xi’an’s city center is surrounded by a massive defensive wall built in the 14th century.  The 14-km squarish wall can be reached by paying an entrance fee and by going around it on foot, on a golf-cart, or by renting a bicycle (tandems available).

Visited on April 2, 2018.




Rental Bikes in China

Years and years ago in Berlin, Germany I came across “rental bikes” whereby you could rent bicycles using your mobile phone.  Thought what a convenient system but it was not introduced in Tokyo until fairly recently and it’s not all that common still.

In China, I understand it has become very popular as was the case in Xi’an, China where I recently visited.  But you do wonder if the system is working for everyone…

Happened on April 1, 2018.


Sparkling Wine from China

I always thought plain “Chandon” (as opposed to “Moët Chandon” from Champagne, France but still belonging to the same group of companies LVMH) came from Australia as that is what we see in Japan.  But upon my visit to Xi’an, China, I discovered that there was such thing as Domaine Chandon China.  Tried it on a couple of occasions partly because drinking wine in China is very challenging while being pricey.  I thought this was the safest choice and it was.  And apparently there is also Domaine Chandon India.

Happened on March 31 and April 1, 2018.


The Great Mosque of Xi’an, China

The “Great Mosque” in the Muslim Quarter of Xi’an, China is in a rather inconspicuous corner of the quarter and unless you know where it is and pay enough attention for signs by looking up while walking, you might just miss it.

Once there, it’s a very peaceful place and both women and men, Muslims or non-Muslims, can visit the same areas of the mosque for the most part except for the prayer room (as is the norm).

Visited April 1, 2018.