Just a normal Thursday

Wednesday and Thursday are the weekend for us, so today is our Sunday. We planned to go to a park, but it’s too hot to walk around outside. We went to the Shaanxi History Museum instead. I had heard and read a lot of good things about the museum – it’s meant to be one of the best in China with an extensive collection. The collection was indeed impressive, however, there were not enough explanations in English, and so as someone who is not an expert in Chinese history, I found the information available lacking. The part about the Silk Road, which interested me most, was very small and the English display was half destroyed. There was a good video, though. The admission to the museum is free, which also meant crowds of people.

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Demonstration model of adolescent moral education. Education base of patriotism. Great.

A figurine of a Chinese woman from the Hui dynasty (11th century AD).

A figurine of a Chinese woman from the Hui dynasty (11th century AD).Musicians on camel back travelling along the Silk Road.Musicians on camel back travelling along the Silk Road.

So I decided to photograph some people of Xi’an instead. Lots of bellies coming up next.

Ladies in the park checking out the foreigners.

Ladies in the park checking out the foreigners.

A man playing his home-made erhu in the park.

A man playing his home-made erhu in the park.

Spot the foreigners.

Spot the foreigners.

Guys playing badminton in the park.

Guys playing badminton in the park.

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The bigger the belly the better.

The bigger the belly the better.

Crocs are popular.

Fake Chanel is extremely popular.

Fake Chanel is extremely popular.

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LV is pretty popular, too.

Everything must look cute.

Everything must look cute.

More cute things.

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...and a Coke butt.

…and a Coke butt.

Everyone insists on wearing tights on very hot days. Apparently they keep women cool. I don't want to try wearing tights in 40 degree heat.

Everyone insists on wearing tights on very hot days. Apparently they keep women cool. I don’t want to try wearing tights in 40 degree heat.

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Taking pictures of oneself is mandatory where ever you go.

Taking pictures of oneself is mandatory where ever you go.

We went to get some groceries after the museum.

Packaged turtle.

Packaged turtle.

Barely alive turtles in the supermarket. Very cheap.

Barely alive turtles in the supermarket. Very cheap. We did not get turtles.

There was a hospital next to the supermarket a few weeks ago. It will probably be another apartment block soon.

There was a hospital next to the supermarket a few weeks ago. It will probably be another apartment block soon.

And finally, welcome to our mornings.

Welcome to ironing trousers in China. I have given up, but David keeps going.

Welcome to ironing trousers in China. I have given up, but David keeps going.

Time to make some schnitzel for dinner. 再见。

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