Tuesday 16 April pm
This evening we visited the very impressive Xian city walls. They're virtually completely intact, but I read that they have been "recently restored" which may go some way to explaining why they're in such good condition. They form a rectangle with a perimeter of nearly 14 km. Although they're rammed earth inside, externally they're brick-faced, and are complete with fortress-like gates, watchtowers etc.
Dinner was a "dumpling banquet" (dumplings of numerous shapes and sizes, and all sorts of fillings) and was followed by a performance of music and dance from the Tang era - very colourful and quite entertaining.