Today I updated more of my blog, it was another beautiful day. He was 26 and smart. She was going to give me some private Chinese lessons, just conversational. It was Flavio who introduced me, she taught him too. I was looking forward to starting school right away.
I had lunch at the bandejão of The College of Flavio, with him and Aaron, an Australian. I found it a little messy, like any “bandejão” of any college, there was only Chinese food as expected and had to eat “stick”, the food was good, as well as flavio’s dinner, the fried noodles.
The next day would be the independence holiday in Brazil. I had lunch with Flavio, Regiane, Jade (the Chubby Korean-English), Jeff (the obese American) and Caroline (the beautiful Sino-Filipino-Canadian), all of which were studying Chinese here.
I went to meet the Dayan Ta (the Pagoda of the Great Wild Goose), the area is very beautiful and well maintained, almost felt in Japan. The pagoda was built in 652 AD, in the Tang dynasty, no one knows why it has that name. Pagoda is a type of Buddhist or Taoist tower, and this was 64m high, you could get a good view of the city.
In the huge block north of the pagoda there was the show at the water fountain, the largest in the world, which took place every day, day and night and crowded with Chinese. The show synchronized music and splashes of water, while some people had fun running and trying to escape the jets, occupying a block divided into four or five blocks. Next to the Dayan Ta, there were two well-wooded parks, the eastern one attracting attention for being themed, possessing giant theater masks and sculptures and artistic statues.
Xiaoyan Ta (the Pagoda of the Little Wild Goose) was built in 709 AD, with 45m high, was 2km from the large pagoda, also south of the south gate of the city wall, but I was not interested in knowing.
Later in the afternoon I went to Tang Paradise Park, a theme park and very beautiful. Recently opened in April 2005, the park is intended to showcase culture during the Tang dynasty (617 AD to 907 AD). It has several pavilions and buildings in the style of the time and a large lake with thousands of colorful and hungry carp, as well as statues, music, dance, souvenirs, food and smell of incense, all to convey to our five senses the essence of the grandeur and prosperity of the Tang dynasty.
I bought the annual pass for Y150 (USD 20), since the entry was Y50 (very expensive!). I stayed until the evening, at 20:30 there was the exhibition of the water film, but before it began with a parade, a staging with the costumes dressed the old-fashioned way. The aquatic film was fantastic, it was projected in the waters of the fountains, giving the impression of holographic or three-dimensional projection. It was a story with the legendary monkey Sun Wu Kong as a hero, there was the dance of the waters, laser beams, fireworks and music.
Here in Xian the student card is well accepted, unlike other cities, I used my graduate student card to get into the pagoda and the wall with discount.
Written by Traveler Ni