Travel Blogs from Xi'an
... a well. The site has been undergoing constant excavation and preservation since then, but only a small fraction has been uncovered. The warriors are part of the tomb site for Qin Shi Huang, China's first emperor, who lived about 2200 years ago.
The site is massive in scale, so these photos don't quite do it justice. There are three main pits housing ...
... may just have been luck. Getting around the cities has been easy with a combination of walking and the metro. Like all cities everyone is in a rush but not threatening in any way, no one actually stares at us Europeans but we do stand out (pale skin, slightly taller, very old, scruffy clothes). Far fewer people seem to smoke than we expected which pleasantly surprised us but I am afraid we will never get used to the horrid throat clearing and spitting which goes on all around ...
... with the wall behind us, and then started climbing. The majority of the group followed the crowd directly up the hill, however a smaller group of us headed down towards the other side of the valley where the wall was much quieter.
I definitely had not realised quite how extreme the climbing is on the wall. It’s very, very steep, and the steps are all completely uneven. I know that this was part of its defence – it certainly would not have been easy ...
We spent one long afternoon strolling along the old city walls, which are amongst the oldest and tallest in the world. Although several sections have obviously been restored in the not too distant past it is still a nice and calm place for an afternoon walk, in complete contrast to the carnage on the pavements below.
... greeted by a row of toilets/holes in the ground whcih had no doors and thus sitting there crouched down with a cigarette in one hand and a book in the other, a man looked up and gave a chinese style look/smile at him as he went about his business.... odd and uncomfortable to say the least!!
Our second day we decided for the first and only time to join a tour and visit the Terracotta Warriors... Mainly because we hoped to get a better insight into the history and also ...
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