Today we learned more about the history of China by visiting the Shaanxi History Museum which contains many items collected from the area of historical note. Xi’an is the China end of the Silk Road and so had a great deal of interaction with the West.
We also visited a local park in Xi’an which has the Wild Goose Pagoda as its centerpiece. The pagoda is park of a Buddhist monastery. The park surrounding the monastery also had many statues and also included the largest water fountain in Asia. Three times a day, there is a fountain show that is coordinated with music. During the show many people (including several of our students) run through the fountain.
The final stop was the Muslim street near the Drum Tower in Xi’an. This street is known for its plethora of restaurants and shops.