Arriving for a short stop at Shaanxi’s provincial capital Xi’an, the city has a long history and served as the imperial capital for eleven dynasties. Xi’an is bounded by city walls, a moat and drawbridges. No longer used as a defensive structure, it now serves as a tourist site over 14km in length. It also divides the old city inside the walls featuring temples, pagodas, all relatively short in relation with the modern city of sky scrapers and financial districts outside.
We explored the city walls and it’s surroundings until struck by an un-forecasted heavy typhoon. We witnessed the chaos as the storm overtook the city’s water drainage systems, flooding the streets. Moreover, the transportation of the city took a larger hit as we experienced the limitations of the new metro system.