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... could enjoy the 45-minute journey in relative comfort. On the way Lady Zha Zha introduced us to herself and XIan, then asked each of us to say what our name was and where we came from which seemed unnecessary as we were only spending the day together. Once we arrived at the site, there was another walk to the entrance and I was really glad we had a guide then as it was not intuitive at all which way to go with no signposts (in Chinese or English). Before we even got to ...
... on the walls. Next we headed out to the area containing the world famous Terracotta Warriors. The excavation of the many figures of warriors and horses began in the 1970's when clay remnants were accidentally discovered by some farmers. The terracotta figures were created for the first Chinese emperor, Qin (same guy who consolidated & expanded the Great Wall). The 3 pits contain the amazing work ...
... the starting point of the silk road and the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Xi'an lies on the Guanzhang Plain in the south-central part of Shaanxi Province, on a flood plain created by eight surrounding rivers and streams. The city has an average elevation of 400 meters above sea level.
Xi'an still has a wall around the inner city and apparently it is a very scenic place to ride ...
... and restored a large number of warriors and the work is ongoing. They have so much work to do still, and believed to take a further 50years to discover the remaining finds in the 3 pits they have open. Pit 2 is just as impressive as the first but more of the rows are covers up by the original wood covers. The warriors were all painted when originally made, now only a few can be seen with areas of paint on them, as oxidisation had discoloured them. The emperor was 50 when he ...
... same old everyday. Here's hoping we'll land in time to get the warp speed train into shanghai. We didn't land in time, oh well but I have read up on the Xi'an wall. It's the most complete one in China and its like a moat to protect the city. Apparently the legend is that the bell was to help keep a dragon under the river. A river ran through the city and the emperor tied chains round him and then attached a bell to him too. Suppose the dragon was a massive guard ...