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... After the Tower, we headed straight up onto the City Walls via the South Gate and there we hired two single-speed mountain bikes with front suspension and disc brakes. We paid a total of £9 for both of them and had two hours to get around the city's 13.7km walls. The going was flat but very bumpy, though there was something of a breeze which helped cool us. We stopped to get a photo of us at each of the four gates; north, south, east, west. I also got some good ...
... cotta warriors. Each one is made from the terra cotta clay dirt in the area that was molded and then baked. We were fortunate enough to visit the reproduction factory prior to our visit where they showed us the entire process. I noticed that every person working on the reproductions were older gentlemen - skilled craftsmen whose years of experience guided their hands to bring the warriors out of the clay. Once we left ...
In 2007 I went to see the stunning Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the British Museum and knew that one day I would have to see the army in Xi'an. Well, today was that day. As with many things in China, the scale of the site is far bigger than I imagined and the entire museum area, park, cinema and 3 pits is enormous and yet only covers a tiny fraction of the burial complex.
The life size warriors ...
... 8221; sleeper class, so all four of us were in one compartment with a lockable door and some privacy. It was much more comfortable, and the toilet was much cleaner than the one in “hard” class.
Sophia, our contact at CUPL, picked us up from the train station, and then brought us back to the hotel where I am now.
I had better stop typing so I can choose some photos to show you, before I leave to go to the temple in 20 minutes. I hope that you are all ...
... s city fortress, Quebec City, was a collection of sticks and huts when Xi'an hit its 2nd millennial. Heck, Canada's entire history would be lost in a rounding error. Walking through the wall gave us an idea of the power of this stronghold. It was easily 20 meters of solid concrete bricks rising 12 meters high. We scaled to the top where the looming guard towers disappeared into the distance. The top of the wall was clearly military in nature with ...