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Written by ND
The pollution in Xi'an is not better or worse than in other chinese cities. Nevertheless, running in Xi'an is quite different from other cities I have been.

There might be pleasant parks in Xi'an if you manage to go far away from the city centre. Country side like areas are practically not very far away and if you can manage to go out that far, you might enjoy better air and not very crowded running places. Nevertheless, within the city area there are only 3 choices available that are near to the centre: 1. Directly beside the street (*cough* *cough*), 2. On the city wall, 3. In the small green areas beside the city wall. Running beside the streets can cause - if you are not a heavy smoker - hallucinations and heavy psychic damages. Ok, I exaggerate now; but just a little...;-).

Runners, who decide to run on the city wall are smart! For ~30-40 RMB, (that´s approx. 1/10 of the monthly salary of a factory worker who must work like 16 hours a day with just 1 day rest per month) it is not the cheapiest solution but you will have a great view in exchange! The city wall is very broad, mostly empty (with the prices mentioned above that is no surprise at all) and you can easily run ~15 km without turning around!

Well, me personally I decided to run on the area below the city wall. I regularly pass chinese poems which were written with soap sud on the ground. Quite charming. The stares are as always ;-) and  fitness oriented locals who exercise on numerous sports equipment even clap their hands when they see me running by. Some really do smile too...

Our valuable Editor ND has been with us since Monday, 15 June 2009.

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+1 #3 Vincent 2010-10-29 07:14
For ~30-40 RMB, (that´s approx. 1/10 of the monthly salary of a factory worker who must work like 16 hours a day with just 1 day rest per month"

I guess this quote is quite out of date by current standard. But anyway, 30-40RMB is not so little either.

As a regular runner, I did run most of the time with a mask in Xi'an...
+1 #2 ND 2009-08-28 01:45
Thanks for sharing this information, Georg!
+2 #1 Georg 2009-08-14 23:08
For 68RMB/year you can enter the city wall (and many other attractions) without additional payment, just get the Shaanxi Tourism Card. Waiguoren can get it if they have a work permit, check out details under

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