Xi’an to Guilin

Today was our last day in Xi’an and we spent the morning visiting the Wild Goose Pagoda. I actually really enjoyed this stop. It was a really pretty day out and the Pagoda and areas surrounding it was very beautiful. It is Buddhist temple. While we were there some important people were visiting so the monks were out and about hustling and bustling around. I snapped this picture of a monk on his cellphone which I find to be hilarious.

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You used to be able to climb to the top of the Pagoda, but after a recent earthquake it stands a little slanted, so they don’t recommend climbing it. You still can, it is just advised against. Safe to say we did not climb to the top of the pagoda.

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Mom and I in front of the Pagoda

Something else special about this Wild Goose Pagoda is that it is still an active Buddhist temple so many of the visitors were there to pray. Growing up Catholic it was very interesting to see a different religion in action. My favorite thing they did was light incense and bow three times (I can’t remember why!)

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incense burning

We were able to see different depictions of the many different faces of Buddha. I honestly never knew there were so many different versions of Buddha. When I think of Buddha I think of fat happy Buddha, but there are so many other faces of Buddha. Of course I had to rub happy Buddha’s belly for good luck!

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how can you not be smiling rubbing that belly? 

We had one more stop before the airport to Guilin. We went to the Muslim Temple…to get there you have to walk through a very crowded market. It was super cool. There were all different types of foods being sold, as well as many trinkets. Then you got to the temple and it was DEAD quiet! We were the only people there (one of my favorite things ever, not a big fan of crowds). After we saw it we were giving some shopping time. I had my eyes PEELED for some knock offs and luckily some girls on the trip did too. I am a TERRIBLE haggler, but lucky for me my group was fantastic at haggling. We got long champ bags for about $5. I am still kicking myself for not buying a million.

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then we had our flight to Guilin…pretty sure we sat on the plane for about two hours before taking off. Seriously. Luckily I slept through most of the flight! I was extremely excited for Guilin, I think it was the stop I was most looking forward to!

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 2.24.44 PMand this has nothing to do with the post, but I thought it was super cool! The hotel we stayed at in Xi’an was having a wedding and they had this BEAUTIFUL flower wall made from hydragenas and roses! It smelled so amazing.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Xi’an to Guilin

      • deannasallao says:

        Hi Sara,
        Camera is def number one! but don’t forget to breathe in the moment!
        can’t wait to read the rest of your list!
        following you now, keep me posted!
        cheers!

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