Shu Yuan Hostel - Xi'an
This is the restaurant/cafe area at the back of the hostel. Plastered on the walls are notes of gratitude from all parts of the world.
Traveling with a good group of friends (some were newly met at the beginning of the trip) has helped to me to put alot of things into perspective and cleared me head, innit.
I've never stayed in hostels before this trip, the experience was enjoyable to say the least. The places were all relatively clean and the staff all quite friendly. With the way I look (think Steve Aoki - Young Yohji Yamamoto) there are always stares and that's only met with more excitement when I open my mouth and mimic whatever accent they have in Mandarin, though it's usually just a broad northern accent (the proper one, supposedly).
Really looking forward to the next trip around China and the rest of the world too with more friends, planning phase has already begun.