One of the optional add-ons for this tour was the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. It’s a cultural performance that you enjoy after dining on 20 different kinds of dumplings. Plus Samantha Brown visited this place in one of her shows, so it was a definitely yes for us.
Dinner. Oh, the dinner. First of all, they had lotus root on the famous Lazy Susan. (The Chinese love their Lazy Susan’s, if you haven’t noticed). Back to the Lotus root, isn’t it pretty? 11 o’clock in the picture below. SO GOOD!
But the centerpiece of the dinner were the dumplings. Let’s eat!
There were 18 different kinds I believe. Each one is shaped like whatever is inside of it. For example the pork ones looked like little pigs, the fish ones were shaped like fish, the chicken looked like chicken and the walnut dessert ones were shaped like walnuts! I only ate the vegetarian ones (they even brought me a plate of different vegetable ones just for me!) But I was stuffed by the end. I ate a LOT of dumplings!
After the show, our bus took us back to our hotel and then most people were going out clubbing. We knew we didn’t want to partake that night, so when the bus got close to the hotel, we asked him to pull over so we could get off and walk the 1/4 mile back from there. The city walls were all lit up and we wanted pictures! How gorgeous is this bell tower?!
Oh… side note… fake apple stores are EVERYWHERE in China!
A wonderful introduction to Xi’An. China is definitely proving to be pretty amazing.