3/11 – Today we ventured south to visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda. Jim taught here in Xi’an, and visited the pagoda 30 years ago – I wonder if it’s changed?
For some reason, we had a hard time convincing a taxi to take us there, so we ended up in a three-wheeled tuk-tuk like the ones in India – two stroke engine, soft sides, hard bench, no shock absorbers. Talk about your wild rides – we went the wrong way down one way streets, flew over speed bumps, and passed buses on the right. My teeth rattled in my head, and I held onto Jim for dear life!
The day was warm and sunny (although gray with smog), and there were plenty of people out. They sure love to mug it up for the camera – a series of sidewalk statues had folks lined up to take each other’s pictures.
This is a nice city, very modern, and would be a fine place to live if not for the smog. I hope we get to see the sun someday soon!