Dispatches: Xi’an Market

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Ok, so Gary and I finished up our work day, Day 2 in Xi’An, and we went back to the hotel to backup files.

But not before I was able to get a nice portrait of Gary…

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Since we had some time before dinner, I decided to take a walk around the Xi’an neighborhood where our hotel was. I wasn’t sure what was in the area, and a photo walk seemed like a good way to kill some time.

It was late afternoon and the light really diffused and flat. The streets were pretty active, though, and one of the first things I came upon was a game of checkers, which drew quite the crowd.

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They seemed amused that I was there watching.

I headed down the street and turned the corner, checking out the shops and scenes as I went along.

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Then, surprisingly, I stumbled upon an open-air market. I had no idea it was in the area.

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Strolling through local markets – be it in India, Nicaragua, or wherever – is one of my favorite things. I just wish I was able to buy some of what I saw.

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A slice of daily life.

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No matter how far I go, though, home life is never too far away. As I headed back to the hotel, I passed a building, a bank maybe, that had a “guardian lion” outside. Most of these times, these guardian lions are found in pairs. In fact, I have a set of bookends of these from my last visit to China.

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These figures, in Chinese, are traditionally called simply shi. The reason it reminded me of home was because it had been just a few weeks prior that our 12-year-old Shi Tzu (or “lion dog”) Bella passed away.  She was very un-lion like, of course, as is her sister, Roxie. However, when I first learned about these guardian lions, and their background, I always associate Bella and Roxie with fierce looking Shi Tzu’s….

Maybe Bella, in her own way, was keeping an eye on me…

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

 

 

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One thought on “Dispatches: Xi’an Market

  1. Ah, this is much more like the Xian i knew. At that time there was also wheat or some grain drying on the pavements. People sitting around like you show, so things never do really change 🙂

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