So after spending 4 days in Beijing, visiting the Great Wall, Forbidden City etc we took a short flight to Xi'an. Xi'an seems and feels like a lot nicer city - smaller, cleaner and easier for tourists, with more English on signs and things.
We have got into a good hostel, on spec, and after wasting 2hrs at the train station trying to get a ticket to Guilin we were told they are all booked for the next 10 days (i think to black market travel agents). We have now bought another 60 pound flight for Saturday instead.
We plan to go to Hue Shan tomorrow and make a cooler night ascent and come back here the next day. We'll see how that goes - 8km of steps at night for a dawn on the summit.
Today we did a trip to the trip to the Army of Terracotta Warriors. They were pretty amazing, hundreds of these full size figures all in line. The shutter button on my camera got a hammering!
Unfortunately my card reader is in the dorm and there is a cue for the free computers, so i can't show you now.
The weather is still very humid here and there is still plenty of smog. Someone told us that Beijing is trailing a scheme that only lets odd number plated cars on the roads one day and even the next - and sure enough it was true. Weird, but at least they are recognising they have a problem.