It has been over a month since I’ve written a blog post. There has been a too many adventures and not enough time to write.
Last month, Hayley and I had a weekend away to Xi’an, China to celebrate her birthday. It was an exciting weekend and we certainly did something that was off the beaten trail for most tourists. Apart from visiting the Terracotta Army, the city wall and the Muslim quarter, we stayed in a cave at the countryside.
Yes, you heard it right. We spent a few days staying in a cave and pretended to be a caveman and a cave-woman.
Our stay at the an Yaodong
Actually, caves (known as Yaodong 窰洞) are traditional dwellings in northern China, especially in the Shannxi Province. Many of these caves were dug out centuries ago and historical records show that these underground dwellings existed since the Bronze Age, which was over 4000 years ago.
The particular cave we stayed at was located in an small village about 30 minutes drive from the Terracotta Army and was in a beautiful setting. The owner turned it into a nice B&B. We were told that this cave had been in the family for many generations and she grew up living with her parents and grandparents.
The owner at the cave was very hospitable. She was really chatty and cooked really yummy food, such as stream bread, vegetable stir-fry and home-made noodles.
Home-made noodles and the cave
Wandering around in the countryside
Apart of the yummy food. We also had a chance to explore the local village and the surrounding areas.
We came across a local park and a resort area that was half built. The entire park and the resort area was accessible to the public. In theory, one can gain access to part of park where heavy construction lorries, bulldozers were working on, which of course was not safe at all. So, we didn’t enter that part of the park.
According to the villagers, the local government was building this resort to attract tourist who would be visiting the Terracotta Army. This area in a few years time will supposedly be link to the Terracotta Army with a massive motorway, which will change everything in the local area. We were glad to have visited the village before it turned into a tourist hot spot.
- Where did we stay: Bed in a Cave in Xi’an, China
- How to get there: Taxi, public transport was not really an option. Make sure you have the phone number of the owner, because it was really difficult to find. Even the driver was somehow lost!
Did you recently have a weekend away? Have you stayed in a cave before? What was your experience? Comment below