Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
17Trip End Apr 19, 2009
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We piled back on the bus and made our way to lunch. Lunch was also part-restaurant, part-shop, but we quickly bypassed the shop levels as we were hungry and we would be able to find most of the stuff like that for a quarter of the price in the Beijing markets. Lunch was pretty average. With dishes like sauted potatoes covered in toffee and chicken with more bones than meat. It probably wasn't that bad, but compared with some of the other food that we have sampled in China, it didn't measure up. Once we got back on the bus, we made the drive to the Terracotta Warriors. Seeing them again was breathtaking. It is amazing to imagine that they were built before Jesus' time, and the condition that they look now is pristine. They have stopped re-constructing them now, to preserve them better, but wish that they would keep going because I would've loved to have seen them how they were meant to look 2000 years ago. Ancient China must have been so far ahead of the world technologically because there are thousands and thousands of these warriors, all different heights and all have different facial features to reflect real humans. The way that they have lasted all these years is pretty phenomenal. We watched a movie about it, too, which gave a good insight into the Emperor who commissioned it
Once we were back on the bus, we went to the poganda. The poganda was built hundreds of years ago, was destroyed a few years later and then rebuilt soon after. The prince was interested in Buddhism, and asked for it to be built. It was interesting to find out more about the origins of Buddhism. Some of us walked up all 248 steps and back in the poganda. It was a little scary as it is so old, is needing restorations and was affected by the Sichuan earthquakes last year so it is leaning slightly. All these things made it a little hard to climb, but we made it up and back safely. By the time we had finished there, we were tired and went back to the hotel. We had dinner at the hotel buffet with Shane, a fellow travelblogger (username:ekkadeath) and the kids went to their hotel rooms early, ready for the early start tomorrow.