Day 11 Afternoon - Qian Ling & Forest of Steles
Last day in Xi'an! This morning we visited the Qian Ling/乾陵 and the tomb of Princess Yongtai.
At Qian Ling, we saw the blank tablet for Wuzetian. At the tomb, we went underground through the tomb of the princess. The girls loved the tomb. Our tour guide said that when she'd come here by herself during off-season when there was no other people/tours around, it was rather spooky to be walking by herself down a black tunnel down to the coffin's resting place.
After a kinda meh lunch, we visited the Bei Lin/碑林 (Forest of Steles), and looked at the stone tablets preserved there. There were calligraphy of some famous past writers, some significant works from the Tang relating to foreign religions of the time like Buddhism in Sanskrit, and some stuff about Nestorian Christianity and its arrival to China. Not much that shows up well in photos though...
Tomorrow we leave for Pingyao (not sure if there's internet there), and then after that is Beijing.
Edit in the evening: We went back to that Old Xi'an shop for dinner. I finally got to try out donkey meat. Tastes kinda like beef tendon actually. Not like chicken. :P