My Impressions of Xi’an
A couple of years ago, I can clearly remember that day when it was decided that our family would move to Xi’an. Xi’an serves as an ancient capital city beyond compare with regard to the number of dynasties and span of time. It is regarded as one of the “Four Ancient Civilizations of the World”. Xi’an is a historical city , with many places of interests; its culture is unique and profound; its delicacies are favored among chairmen... I was so exited to be moving to Xi’an. However, at my arrival in Xi’an, I was greatly disappointed.
On the plane that night, I was exited and curious, as I looked out of the window, I could see thousands of neon lights light up the city, the city glowed heavenly, as if I could feel the ancient spirit through the atmosphere. The next day we explored the city. However, all I could see was people, they were everywhere; the traffic was terrible, air pollution was horrible, streets were dirty. I didn’t adjust and got a high fever, my throat was so sore that I couldn’t speak for a week. We did visit relic and historical sites, but I felt that this crowded and dirty city did not fit in with the ancient dynasty, it was not harmonious, it was a contradiction.
Life’s vicissitudes are inevitable, Xi’an was bound to change. Over the past years I’v lived here, Xi’an, like a sleeping dragon, had awakened, now revived and was full of life. Its resurgence has turned it to both a modern and and classical city. First, Xi’an’s transportation and environment have improved. These few years, subways and high speed trains have been constructed; new airplane and highway routes have opened up, saving us time on the road and bringing us much more convenience. Data indicates that these years, 27 billion RMB has been invested for the constructions for plantations of trees, green parks and gardens. By the end of 2014, Xi’an will have a new green area of 228,000 mu, the air is getting clearer, pollution is decreasing, Xi’an is...