Today is an extraordinary day in Xi’an. The sky is blue. I do not mean metallic blue or greyish blue. It is blue like this:
To mark this important event I decided to go for a walk and get some fresh (?) air and see the Forest of Stelae Museum. The museum holds thousands of stone tablets that document history, poetry and depict images of nature and people. They are considered to be fine examples of Chinese calligraphy and the museum is a must see for anyone practicing or interested in calligraphy in order to see different styles of writing.
Perhaps the most famous tablet in the museum is the Nestorian tablet, which describes the early Christian communities in China. Apparently these communities even got approval from the then emperor Taizong, which is quite remarkable. The tablet was buried soon after due to religious repression and was not rediscovered until the 17th century. The tablet has writings in Chinese and Syriac.
The thought of what amazing information these tablets carry is quite astounding, however I did not find the tablets themselves that impressive. My experience could have been enhanced a lot if I would have been able to read more Chinese characters to actually read the tablets. There were some translations, but as usual, they were all in Chinglish, which sometimes makes no sense. I also did not like the way most of the tablets were displayed. Some clever person thought it would be a good idea to build these ancient artefacts into a brick wall.
And here are some photos of my walk there and back.
As you can see things are pretty normal. And here are my ingredients for today’s dinner. They cost about 15 yuan altogether, which is about £1.50. It’s madness.