Traveling with Children to China. Part #3 Xi’an and Qingdao

Chess Cave in Qixuan Valley
Chess Cave in Qixuan Valley

We loved Mian Shan area so much that we decided to postpone our planned trip to Xi’an in few hours, and take a speed train afternoon. So..whole morning we explored new areas of Mian Shan with Beautiful Taoist temples and valleys. Our favorites are: Chess Cave in Qixuan Valley

Zhujia Hollow Area
Zhujia Hollow Area

Zhujia Hollow Area

Lingbao God Temple and heavenly clouds bridge
Lingbao God Temple and heavenly clouds bridge
Dragons and Bell in Lingbao God Temple
Dragons and bell in Lingbao God Temple
Road to nowhere near Lingbao God Temple
Road to nowhere near Lingbao God Temple
Panoramic view near Lingbao God Temple
Panoramic view near Lingbao God Temple
View of pagoda near Lingbao God Temple
View of pagoda near Lingbao God Temple

It takes almost an hour with taxi to drive from Mian Shan area to Jiexiu Speed Train Station. It’s a large modern facility, with wide road and large concrete empty space in front of the building.

Farmer's Fields next to Jiexiu Speed Train Station
Farmer’s Fields next to Jiexiu Speed Train Station

 

Jiexiu Speed Train Station and area
Jiexiu Speed Train Station

Although, right next to the raised plaform , down below bordering farmer’s fields with greenery
We arrived to Xi’an by bullet train from Jiexiu. It was fun to look outside and to the screen of the tablo showing “250 km/hr” speed of the train.

Xi'an Bell Tower is illuminated at nights
Xi’an Bell Tower

After train we took a subway. It is very economical, comfortable and convenient way to travel in the city. Downtown Xian

West Street in Xi'an
West Street in Xi’an

Muslim Quarters in Xian with rows of small shops and restaurants with food to taste is a must area to visit in the evening while in Xi’an.

Muslim Quarters shops in Xian
Muslim Quarters shops in Xian

We stayed in Downtown in City Hotel Xi’an , very convenient hotel for travellers.
Next morning we took a bus to enormous exhibition of Terracota Army. It’s gigantic place and unbelievable artifacts attracts billions of people from around the world as a “Must See in China” tourist attraction.
Next early morning we flew to relaxing and beautiful Qingdao city- “Oriental Switzerland”

Qingdao Airport Treminal 2
Qingdao Airport Treminal 2

Next morning we decided to visit Laoshan.

Lao Shan area in Qingdao
Lao Shan area in Qingdao
LaoShan budda
Laoshan budda
Laoshan
Laoshan
Interior of temple in Laoshan
Interior of temple in Laoshan

It is a well known area, and better to visit it early in the morning before the crowds. Also, when you take a shuttle bus to temples, first start with the farthest areas to explore..
Laoshan

Streets of Old Qingdao, China
Streets of Old Qingdao
Pier in old Qingdao
Pier in old Qingdao

You need at least a day in Laoshan (better two, if you can arrange staying overnight in beautiful challets in this area.
Also, Qingdao is an interesting city as well. We visited Military museum, Bathing Beaches and downtown narrow streets..

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