Travels with Elizabeth

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Leo’s Story

Our guide in Xi’an, Leo, told us his fascinating family story.  His grandparents and parents were moderately well off farmers in Shaanxi province – not rich, but prosperous.  Then Mao’s Great Leap Forward happened, and Communist officials swarmed their village and kicked the family out of the house, making them work their own land, now as virtual slaves on the Commune.  They became very fearful that their lives were becoming at risk, so in the dead of night, they fled their village and moved to Xi’an. Continue reading

Xi’an – Big Wild Goose Pagoda

We started this very cloudy (smoggy) morning with a relatively short ride south of town to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Da Ci’en Si Temple and Monastery.  A short walk through a park led us to the leaning 210 feet tall pagoda – it has a definite list to the right.  It was built in 652 AD by the Emperor to house the sacred Buddhist texts that were brought back from India by the monk, Xuanzang.

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