Friday, September 26, 2008

And I Didn't Even Faint!

A year ago this time (maybe even today...oooh!), I nearly did a header into the bath at Berkeley Springs. Here we are a year later and a half a world away, at Huaqing Hot Spring, outside Xi'an. A long time ago, this was the place where some emperor used to hang out with his concubine, a woman considered one of the beauties of the ancient world. (You be the judge...) Then, at the turn of the 20th century, the Empress Dowager Cixi fled to Xi'an when the Nationalists were closing in on Beijing. And, finally, this was the place where the "infamous" Xi'an incident of 1936 took place. Why was it infamous? What exactly happened? Frankly, we have no clue. All we know is that China's rulers have had good tastes when it comes to the whole therapeutic bathing thing...



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