Xian / Xi’an / She-Ahn AKA Chez Terra Cotta Warriors

Xi’an is most commonly spelled as Xi’an, but also as Xian, and pronounced as She-Ahn. Beijing and Xi’an Guides- Penny and Maggie- and More Air China Props (for the Jets… haha) I felt sort of bad for our lovely, professional guide, Maggie, when we arrived in Xi’an.  We had grown very attached and trusting of […]

Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Censorship, The Forbidden City, and The Legend of Kung Fu

Temple of Heaven Complex The Temple of Heaven is a beautiful temple complex, the main temple of which you see on almost every official Beijing Tourism guide and that is because it is stunningly iconic.  For Samira and I, upon arrival at this complex, we said, “Oooooh… so THAT’s what that thing is!” So this […]