Xi’an – An Ancient City Beckons


View of the City Walls from my hotel room

The wall is decorated with many lanterns and I could just imagine how beautiful it would look at night .But as usual time was not my friend, I was there for only 30 minutes during the day but I did manage to get a stunning shot of the wall from my hotel room at night.

After a few minutes walking around the wall within the area of the South Gate (Yong Ning Men), I took refuge from the sun under the gate tower. Much to my delight I discovered that this ancient wall can offer you free Wi-Fi! I have travelled and lived in modern cities where Wi-Fi services are non-existent! So there I was sitting on stone dating back several centuries posting photos on Instagram!


The beautiful Gate Tower



Even locals rent bicycles to aid them get from one end to the other faster, like a short cut or a fun way of avoiding public transportation!

Remember when you visit this place, go through the South Gate. It’s the best place to go through because it’s the largest and most accessed. The South Gate is open from 8am to 10pm and tickets cost USD9.00 (RMB 54).



Tigerair flies to Xi’an from Singapore three times a week. It is an awesome route to take when flying out of Australia as Tigerconnect, offers hassle-free transfer facility at Changi Airport. This allowed me to transit seamlessly and it can allows passengers access to more destinations on their network. Visit tigerair.com for more details.


Grand Park Xi’an – Located just two minutes from the metro station, this lovely hotel is also a five minute walk from the City Walls, a twenty minute walk to the Bell Tower and an hour’s drive to the famed site of the Army of Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi and has a lovely breakfast spread offering both Chinese and Western cuisine. Address: 12 Xi Duan, Huan Cheng South Road, Xian 710068, Shaanxi, China. Visit their official website for rates.


**I was a guest of Tigerair. All opinions are entirely my own.

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Rosemarie John

Travel and Beyond by Rosemarie John and Joseph Ellis portrays a kaleidoscope of all things travel related mixed with just the right dosage of history and culture.

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