Qian and I agree that the thing we miss most about living in China is the night life. I'm not talking about clubs or bars or concerts, I'm talking about life, masses of people, outside on the streets, outside of their homes, after the sun goes down.
It frustrates us that there aren't any night markets or shopping areas or places besides bars that draw Americans (or at least Kansas Citians) out at night.
I wish I'd taken more, but the following are a few of my better night shots from Xi'an:
The Bell Tower - The Bell Tower is the heart of Xi'an. It stands epically in the middle of the city, both symbolically and figuratively.
The South Wall Moat at Dusk - The City Wall is just over the trees on the right. A great scene at sunset.
Sky Streak - I tried getting a few photos of a guy selling little toys that shot into the sky. I enjoy the photos I was able to get.
Out and About
Fountain - Kept the shutter open for a second on a small fountain near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Red Reflections - Another shot from near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda
There were times during the day in Xi'an - on crowded buses or staring at smoggy polluted skies - that I didn't miss living in China at all. Night was a different story, though. Being back in America now, I already miss the night markets, old people dancing on the streets, and general laid back nature of life at night in the Middle Kingdom.