The province of Shaanxi belongs to the Chinese West.
This also means I see more and more Muslims the further I go, mainly the Hui-minority 回族:
They appear very similar to the Han-Chinese 汉族 – but often wear white caps or headscarves:
There is a very large and beautiful Mosque in the downtown area:
When I arrived with my guide, the afternoon prayer was just about to finish, but there were still some people around:
Later on we went to Dayan Pagoda 大雁塔:
People were taking their pictures in front the pagoda and a statue of Xuan Zang 玄奘.
He’s the hero of the epic Journey to the West (history lessons), who traveled to India to obtain certain Buddhist scriptures in the seventh century:
Can’t see the statue? Well that’s because I personally more enjoyed the fact that even the guards were taking souvenir photographs there.
There is a big show involving water fountains and light in front of the Dayan Pagoda every night:
I thought it was very nice:
Tired as I was, I went to bed very early that night.