For our last day in Xi’an, we traveled to the Dayan temple. The pagoda, which is dedicated to followers of Buddhism, is the biggest in the area. Since we didn’t have tickets nor time to explore inside the temple, we were given free time to roam the grounds around it. My group took time to appreciate the scenery and capture each moment on camera. From the flowering trees to the playful statues in the garden to the patio, where people gathered to enjoy the clear view of the pagoda, photo opportunities were endless as was the fun. After a very relaxing and peaceful hour, it was time to head off to lunch. The food, while similar to our previous meals, was delicious as usual and the room was filled with conversation.
After eating our fill, off we were to the train station. When we reached the station, we got our tickets, ate a mid-day snack, and then boarded the bullet train to Chengdu, reaching speeds over 240 km/hr. Most of the ride was scenic and offered great photo opportunities while others took advantage of the time to take a nap. As we arrived in Chengdu, there were fields full of beautiful yellow flowers welcoming us into the city. We then met our tour guide, Alan, and headed off to dinner. Then, it’s to the hotel to get a good nights rest for a day on the mountain tomorrow