The flight from Beijing to Xian by China Southern was delayed about three hours because of yesterday’s rain. I had decided to go by plane instead of train, because I still felt insecure in this country. From Xian Airport, I took a bus to the center (the “Bell Tower”), and from there i took a taxi to Flávio’s house in the south region, which came out cheaper than taking a taxi straight from the airport.
Flávio, a Brazilian friend, was here to study the Mandarin language, the official language of China. In the evening we went out for dinner in a pizzeria of an English woman with some friends of Flavio, English and Welsh people , despite the good company, the pizzeria was no wonder, nothing compares to the Brazilian pizzas!
Xian, which means “Peace of the West”, was the capital of China during 13 dynasties between 1000 BC and 1000 AD, was known as Chang An, meaning “Eternal Peace”. It is the current capital of Shaanxi Province, situated almost in the geodesic center of China southwest of Beijing. It has a population of 5 million people and is very rich in culture and ancient history, being one of the ancient cities where the Silk Road began or ended (depending on the reference), famous for the accounts of Marco Polo, the merchant of Venice. Xian is famous for the Terracotta Warriors, a discovery made near the city.