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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Guanzhong Eight Oddities

Because the impact of climate, economy, culture and other aspects, Guanzhong areas have formed special ways in basic necessities of life. Shaanxi Guanzhong areas where is abundant of historical culture accumulation have formed Guanzhong eight oddities, becoming a hot spot for travelers.

The first oddity―noodles is in the shape of waist belt:
As Guanzhong areas have various kinds of cooked wheaten food, most noodles are wide. Guanzhong people are plain and rough, they prefer to eat wide noodles.

The second oddity―guokwei(large round baked wheat cake) is as large as a pot cover:
Since Guanzhong people love for cooking with straw, and the straw fire is moderately which is not easy to burnt food in the pot. And they also like to get together to cook meals, avoid waste. So the pot substantially is more than 80 cm in diameter, baked daguokui naturally and as big pot.

The third oddity―hot pepper sauce is a dish:
Shaanxi Guanzhong people love to eat hot pepper. And hot pepper is inseparable with noodles. Common ways to do hoe pepper sauce is to put about 50% or 60%hot pepper into a pot, then add some other ingredients, including salt and pepper. The most important step is to control the temperature of oil and medium well oil is preferred.

The fourth oddity―wooden stool is used to squat on:
Since Guanzhong region mainly dominated by agriculture, so there are more busy seasons. The working people will unconsciously squatting on the ground in the rest time, thus forming a unique habit, so people (referring to rural) generally do not sit bench, even if there will be squatting on top of the bench.

The fifth oddity―wear handkerchief on head:
The oddity is easiest to explain because loess plateau in the past was full of dust, local women had to wear something to prevent it. The handkerchief is usually a big one so that they can use it to keep warm in winter, prevent wind blow, etc.

The sixth oddity―houses built with only half rooftop:
Guanzhong people emphasize on geomantic omen and they believe that rich water should be kept in their own fields. Another reason for building this kind of house is for the sake of better day lighting.

The seventh oddity―local girls do not marry to nonlocal boys:
In the past, Guanzhong people believed that if their daughter married far away, their daughter would suffer a lot. And Guanzhong boys are reluctant to be away from home. So there has formed the unique marriage custom.

The eighth oddity―Qinqiang opera is shouted out rather than sang:
As a matter of fact, Qinqiang opera is not shouted out. When the artists performed the opera, they would often spare no effort to perform it well in a loud voice.

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