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Mosque

Xi'an

Inside the mosque, Moslem quarter

The two days in Xiían were spent mostly within the city, the only break from this being the required excursion to see the terracotta army. The location of the hotel seemed to be some distance from any recognised parks (or in fact anything interesting!), leaving any birds seen titbits amongst the city bustle. As usual, Tree Sparrows were ubiquitous, but the odd Azure-winged Magpie was picked up. A visit to the Moslem Quarter was very interesting, due in part to the wonderful smells of cooking from the streetside vendors, and the architecture within the mosque, where a couple of Common Blackbirds were present. A pair of Light-vented Bulbuls were perched on wires just outside of here. Small numbers of Swifts and Swallows were overhead, which included a single Red-rumped Swallow over the city wall. A second pair of Light-vented Bulbuls were also seen from the city wall, and a Hoopoe flew across one of the small areas of grass within the wall.

Azure-winged Magpie

Tree Sparrow

Azure-winged Magpie

Tree Sparrow

The excursion to the terracotta army did offer a little more variety, since from the time of the finding of the army in 1974, not only have the shops, houses and other tourist additions been developed, but also a small adjoining area of vegetation has been planted. It is possible that walking through most of this isnít allowed, but the short walk from the entrance to the pits unearthed a couple of local birds. While waiting for the electric transfer bus, a single White-cheeked Starling and a few Light-vented Bulbuls were seen, with a couple of Grey-capped Greenfinches singing from the treetop perches.
 

Terracotta army

Pale-vented Bulbul

Outside one of the covered terracotta army pits

Light-vented Bulbul

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