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A Field Trip To the Pagoda
Today we visited the Great Goose Pagoda. Even though most of
the group has already been there today was a new experience. Today we got to go
close to the Pagoda. Around the pagoda there are many places with Buddhists
influence. In these buildings there are places for prayer and worship. There
were many beautiful statues of all of the gods. There was even a room full of
mini golden statues. There were also monks ...
Pre Blog Today we climb the Drum towers. The bell tower is in the centre of the downtown Xi'an where the cities 4 main roads meet, and served as a watchtower, and later cycle the 13.74 km round the city walls which were built in 1378 AD We also visit Xi'an Huiling (meaning "wise spirit") - a special intrepid supported project for young people with intellectual and learning difficulties, where we enjoy ...
... Most of the warriors are in "Pit 1", which is huge! And so impressive. No two warriors are identical and the whole army is arranged by rank. History bods will be impressed to know that the faces of each of the warriors was based on the army personnel itself, so each one is basically a portrait of the army as it was under Qing.
There are currently four other pits, however, many of the warriors are still buried. When the first warriors were uncovered, they were in full ...
... which he signed. Apparently he is in his 80s and illiterate but he has been taught to write his name and say two or three phrases in English to use when he is introduced to visiting dignitaries. We returned to the Hotel briefly and then went to the Tang Dynasty Hotel where we had a dumpling dinner, followed by a show. Graham estimated there were 750 people and about 20 Chinese in the audience. We saw other WW tour groups. The show was on a ...
... were doing things alone, but most were in groups.
I then went west, and after going down the coolest little alley with all sorts of food, veg, fruit, clothing, stalls came out onto Shiyuan Lu, and a bit further along was the East gate of the Xi'an city wall.
I didnt go inside this time, but walked all the way down to the south east corner, then back along Xianning Xilu and past Xingqing Palace ...