It is a very clean hostel with private rooms with their own bathroom. We had a triple room with bathroom for 240 RMB. The staff are friendly and there is always lots going on. You can book tours through the hostel to see the Terracotta Warriors or Han Yang Lee museum which is smaller but much quieter but in a beautiful setting. You can buy western food here or try local Chinese restaurants nearby for a quarter of the price.
In September 2008 58 of us cycled the above route to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. It was a fantastic experience and I have a DVD copy chronicling the twelve days we spent in China with various photos. We saw some main tourist attractions but it was the unexpected sights along the way which delighted us. However nothing compared with the contact we made with the Chinese. We stayed in hotels in Beijing and Xian but felt more at home when we camped with locals who lived in primitive houses and caves for seven fascinating nights.
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This section of the city is amazing. It has a real Middle Eastern feel combined with far east. There is one main street next to the ancient city wall which you can turn off to reach the Great Mosque. The street is alive with people and the perfect place to sit and enjoy the unique Chinese Muslim culture and food of spiced meats, noodles with a type of bread dough and delicious spicy flatbreads. I enjoyed many a beer here watching the world go by.
In 1998 the car park was right at the entrance to the museum, very convenient.
The car park is now a long way from the museum entrance (1km or so) and you now have to walk past a shopping centre to get to the entrance. When all the retail units are open this is going to be a nightmare!
The one saving grace is that you can get an electric buggy (at a price) to drive you to the museum entrance.
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