Xi’An a place of Culture, Beauty and Sophistication


Our hotel was in the Central Plaza but just wasn’t the Crowne Plaza…


We walked out of the large beautiful hotel, down into the underpass. We emerged and walked round the square, I dislocated my shoulder yanking my massive tour bag around, but thankfully our real hotel wasn’t far away. This was it, not quite the same, but the location was still great. We walked into a dark little corridor, a stark contrast to the grandiose building we had just moments ago enjoyed. Our room was on the 7th floor and there was no lift. We dumped our bags off and set off for a wonderfully creamy comforting Starbucks at the large spacious, modern building just next to us. So much glass, a large shopping mall close to us.  I am a pleb, but truly this was heaven.


Dirty and and in the same clothes from the day before in Pingyao we rocked up. There were so many couples and all beautifully dressed. The girls wore their hair in ringlets and had beautiful ball dresses and disco style heels on. The young boys wore suits and elegantly accompanied their dates to their tables where they would whisper over the sumptuous drinks. I looked at my clothes like ones does at a swanky party. I felt under-dressed and slightly embarrassed.

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We emerged from our room all groomed and fragrant. If the people of Xi’An dressed up and looked amazing, we wouldn’t let the side down. As one of the four ancient capitals of China, the capital of Shaanxi Province is used to its fair share of wealth and opulence. Xi’An marks the start of the Silk Road and is one of the most influencial, important and oldest cities in China. Here class, culture and taste rebounded off the tall skyscraper walls and resonated around the beautifully kept ornate gardens. Here are some photos of our beautiful evening around Xi’An’s magestic  Bell Tower and Huifang Style Street. The orange lights lit up th architectural wonders which litter this area and appear all around this square. Glaceful birds soared around the towers and scattered when the loud gongs went off. People teemed along the rampart hights and bronze statues ornamented the clean vibrant streets. Street sellers sold beautiful jade bracelets and chefs cooked food on wild fires. The night was warm, people were friendly and it was great that we had dressed up because everyone looked great and super stylish. Xi’An soon became my favorite place in China, it was just so beautiful.

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Author: Abigail Royston

I am an ex-professional tennis player and have just graduated from King's College in London. I share daily fashion outfits and stories of my travels and the tour. Every story has a beginning, but I will start mine here, at the start of something big. For us this was a journey of a lifetime, where dreams were made and broken, where friendships were cherished and torn apart. We lived and still live the life of aspiration and we tell the tale of victories and defeats that come with growing up at such a young age on the brink of greatness and fame. In our world youth, beauty and riches combine. We trained hard but played even harder. Our parties’ were and always will be legendary, our travels exotic and carefree. We were becoming stars. My Girls On Tour showcases street style looks, avant-garde fashion, new designers, fashion shows as well as travel stories and adventures. A fun window into the glamorous world of a professional tennis player turned fashionista, this is the place for wonderlust and fashion inspiration. Instragram @abigirlx Twitter @Abigailroyston Facebook.com/mygirlsontour

4 thoughts on “Xi’An a place of Culture, Beauty and Sophistication”

    1. Yes the lighting was so beautiful, this was really such a romantic and smart city! Loved the whole atmosphere and at night the buildings looked like they were made out of pure gold! 🙂 I tried my dress with the dress and the blazer, after all didn’t want to let the side down 😉


  1. Thanks for liking my post on Italy! I am intensely taking in all your posts on China as I am heading there myself next month and planned to go around in coach and train. Sounds like you had some intense experiences, pictures look amazing! Really enjoyed reading these posts 🙂

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    1. No probs! I was hoping to be able to go back and see more of Italy as I had such a great time in Rome but unfortunately this summer I have run out of time! I love learning new things about such a great country and it gives me some great ideas as to what to do when I go. I hope that the China posts help with your own trip and if you need any help or advice on the trip then do let me know. One thing I would say is to try to book your tickets in advance (so as an example when you arrive in Beijing book your tickets to Xi’An as soon as you ca) because they sell out so quickly. Also try to download an app which can translate Chinese or translate to Chinese as it is difficult to find someone who speaks English. China was stunning and it was so worth the trip! I hope you have an amazing time and do let me know if you go and if you enjoyed it! All the best, and happy holiday! Abi xxx

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