After 4 days of tour around Beijing, it's time we head to our next destination, Xi'an which is the capital of Shaanxi Province. It is one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3,100 years of history and is home to the famous Terracotta Army museum. Me and my buddy bought a pair of train ticket (hard sleeper or second class) from Beijing West Station. It was a 10 hour train ride from Beijing to Xi'an. When we arrived, we were greeted with many cab drivers touting tourists outside the train terminal. We took a cab then headed straight to our hostel (7 sages youth hostel ). I found out about this hostel prior to our departure for Xi'an and they are considerable amout of good reviews about this hostel, best of all it is located nearby Xi'an train terminal.
Xi'an City, Capital of Shaanxi province, China
"Welcome to Xi'an" in Chinese Character
Arriving Xi'an train terminal
Once we were at the hostel, we were surprised by the nostalgic design of the hostel with Chinese culture element. The hostel has a big courtyard with stools and tables for you to relax in the outdoor. The rooms are allocated within the courtyard. We took a 6-men dorm which cost us 40 yuan per night. However, we didn't quite enjoy our sleep during the night as the heater wasn't working well. The bathroom is located on the other side of the courtyard which means we had to fight the cold morning and night to have a shower.
Entrance of the hostel (Left photo) and hostel's courtyard (Right photo)
There is one thing i like about the hostel very much though which is the hostel cafeteria. The warm and comfort of the cafeteria makes you feel you never want to leave the place. The couch seats, wall decorated will hand paintings and written words and picture frames hanging above the ceiling facing down etc, is nothing i have ever seen it in a cafe. I like to hang out there at night for a nice Chinese tea with my laptop. The food was decent but given the comforting ambiance of the cafe, i'm more than satisfy.
Wall with unique graffiti designs done by hostel customers themselves.
Cafeteria Outdoor (left photo). My buddy posing with a terracotta soldier (right photo)