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Today is an early start, 7:30 for Chinese breakfast, or 8:30 for the bus to the Terracotta Warrior Museum. I've been a bit rubbish eating Chinese food for breakfast, so opt to join Jing and Darlene for a taste of local Chinese breakfast. We have a Chinese Breakfast Burger, which is like a breakfast muffin with pulled pork, and konji, (think pumpkin …
We arrive into Xi'an around 9:30am. We all made the 15 hour journey successfully. No one has really slept, so everyone just wants to get to the hotel. Xi'an was the original capital city of China centuries ago, and is like any other big city, extremely busy. It's a short 10 minute walk to the bus through a packed square and then a 20 minute drive …
... on the other side.
We checked out the houses many with people inside eating or
watching their TVs.
As Western foreigners the Chinese refer to us as BIG NOSES.
Many times young cute girls would grab Bill and get a snap of him with them on
their iPhones. Then they would show their friends who were with them, and burst
into gales of laughter. (Bill the Brad Pitt of China.)
There was weaving of fabric in progress and beautiful dying
of fabrics ...
... sweetest, funniest, and sassiest host student ever. I couldn't have asked for a better host student because Sapphire isn't just my host student she's my friend. She may be my translator and my transportation, but she is my buddy. I will miss evenings spent not doing what we are supposed to be doing, I'll miss screaming at each other during class breaks, I miss her laugh
and her smile and our "gentle banter." Sapphire is my friend and my sister and I'll miss her more than anything else.
... were hand made and completely unique.
The next day we took a trip to another tomb nearby. We felt we had to see it because the Lonely Planet raved as if it was better than the Terracotta Warriors. This tomb also had loads of figures to support it's emperor in the afterlife, but these were only about a quarter of life size and there were more officials and concubines and a lot less warriors. Obviously that emperor ...