Exploring Xi'an

September 21, 2014

 Happy Sunday, everyone! Today I will be sharing photos from the second leg of our trip to China. You can read about Part 1 here.

After spending a few days in Beijing, we headed to the Beijing West Railway Station and took the Bullet Train to Xi'an. It would have been quicker to fly to our destination but we decided to take the scenic route and travel via train. Running at speeds of over 300 km/hour, the four-hour ride went by in a flash and before we knew it, we finally arrived in Xi'an.

No trip to China would be complete without visiting the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the largest underground military museum in the world. My husband and I were particularly excited for this part of the tour because as huge history buffs, we have been fascinated with the background and mystique surrounding these life-size figures.

 It was surely a sight to behold. Seeing so many warriors, horses and chariots lined up took my breath away. I can only imagine what they would have looked like in their full glory, painted and ready for battle.

Here's a tip when buying souvenirs, do not purchase the crappy Terracotta Warrior set sold by street vendors for RMB10. Instead, go for the more expensive ones (RMB85 per warrior) as they are made from the same clay material as the real armies.

 We stayed in one of the Executive Club Rooms at The Westin Xi'an and we couldn't have picked a better location. The hotel was directly across the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and was within walking distance to an upscale shopping area.

After spending the following morning exploring the Pagoda, we took a taxi to Muslim Street. Aside from the usual clothing/ souvenir shops, this tourist spot is also lined with various restaurants and stalls, some of which specialize in selling cakes, dried fruit, marinated meat in a baked bun, and Xi’an Dumplings, amongst others.

This is what I wore to a full day of shopping and sight-seeing. I paired my graphic top from Zara with scalloped-hem shorts from Front Row Shop. I finished the look with my Chanel bag and two-tone ballet flats.

I had a grand time exploring China and would definitely love to go back.

ZARA top, Front Row Shop shorts, Parfois ballet flats, Chanel bag

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Ni Hao from Beijing

September 12, 2014

Hi, loves! :) How have you guys been? I've missed you all! I apologize for the lack of posts and updates on my social media sites. My husband and I have been blessed with our first baby so I felt that I needed to re-prioritize my life and take things easy. We are thankful for this little miracle and are excited to begin this new chapter in our life.

Back in June, we flew to China to celebrate my birthday. It was our first time visiting the country and we had a really fab time exploring Beijing and Xi'an.

 Our first stop was Wangfujing Street, one of Beijing's most famous shopping districts. This pedestrianized shopping area is a great place to visit as there are a number of high-street shops and designer brands located here.

 At the Wangfujing Snack Street

 If you get a bit peckish while shopping, there are a variety of restaurants and food stalls to choose from at the Wangfujing Snack Street. Aside from the usual Chinese grub, you can try one of the many exotic food offerings. Fried scorpions, lamb kebabs and caramelized fruits sticks are popular choices.

 Our second day in Beijing was jam-packed with visits to Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and The Great Wall.

For centuries, the Forbidden City was the residence of the imperial family and was off limits to the public, hence its name. The place is well worth the trip and the tour was a fascinating insight into the rich history of Ancient China.

Seeing The Great Wall has been on my bucket list for a long time and I'm so happy I was finally able to cross it off my list. It's such an amazing sight to behold and I feel truly lucky to have set foot on it.

 A trip to Beijing would not be complete without having Peking Duck. As a fan of Chinese cuisine, I was in my element.

Our third day in the capital was spent shopping at Shin Kong Place and China World Mall. After picking up a little something from Hermès, we looked for souvenirs and gifts for our family.

Will be talking about our trip to Xi'an on my next post. Have a great weekend, everyone! :)


H&M blue maxi dress, necklace from Kuala Lumpur, Sunnies Studios cat eye sunglasses. Forever 21 gray midi dress, SM GTW polka dot dress, Parfois ballet flats, Chanel bag

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