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Weinan is a small city in the central-Chinese province of Shaanxi. Weinan offers a slice of typical Chinese life and the rapid development of the city matches the country that it's in. 900,000 people call the city home, but not many of them are foreigners. As such, when walking around the city our foreigners are often greeted with smiles and “Hello!”s from Weinan residents young and old. Getting around the city is no problem either. Wide roads and non-crowded streets mean walking or cycling around the city is stress-free and relaxing. You can take advantage of this to visit one of the many shopping malls, western fast-food restaurants, large parks, or the high-tech zone. If you're after a more traditional side of Chinese living, you can head on over to the old side of town and visit the many family-owned shops and restaurants there.

People in Weinan like to live relaxed lives. All are familiar with the crowded, frantic pace of life in the nearby city of Xi'an, and thus decide to take life slower and easier. The people are friendly and inviting. Strangers look-on with intrigue at never-before-seen foreign faces, while English students all over the city want to take the opportunity to practice their English. It's easy to make friends, and this leads to great opportunities to develop (or start learning!) Chinese language.

The city has lots to offer. Countless restaurants line every street and the cost of living in Weinan is very low. Meals in restaurants and rides in taxis are all very cheap. Living costs in China vary greatly and Weinan is definitely at the cheaper end of the scale. A taxi fare to almost anywhere in the city will come to 4.5RMB – around 60 U.S.cents or 35 British pennies. Around the city there are many small back-alley restaurants to try and countless more dishes to taste. But, if you're not in the mood for noodles or rice, it's easy to head over to McDonald's, KFC or alike. At night why not head over to 'BBQ Street' where outdoor-grilled BBQ and live musical entertainment is available until the early hours of the morning, with plenty of cheap alcohol too!

Shopping in Weinan is also a great experience. If you just want to get the shopping out of the way, head on over to one of the larger western-style supermarkets. But, if you're up for an adventure, head to one of the traditional markets and practice your Chinese to try and negotiate a bargain! Want something western or hard-to-find? No problem. Jump on the high-speed train and you're in Xi'an city less than half an hour later. You can enjoy the large range of shops Xi'an has to offer, then head back to your relaxed Weinan life.

Around the city you'll find mountains, rivers and lakes. The “Wei” river (after which the city is named) flows to the north of the city. A 20-minute bike ride south and you're in the middle of the countryside, host to lots of weird and wonderful sights. To the west lies Xi'an, and less than an hour to the east is the famous Mount Hua – one of the five sacred mountains of China.



 
 
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