Trip Start Mar 11, 2010
35Trip End May 01, 2010
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Han Tang Inn
Xian is also home to the Terracotta Army. Built by Emperor Qin 2200 years ago they were discovered by accident in the mid 70s by a farmer digging a well. The Emperor thought he would rule the after life so he had the army made for himself. There are over 8000 warriors buried in 3 pits about 5mtr deep. Each warrior is different and they think it took 720,000 people to build them. The emperor is buried about 2km down the road in a tomb that just looks like a small hill
After the tour I went for a walk to get some money but I cant use the ATM cos it comes up in Chinese and I cant read it so gotta wait for tomorrow when the bank open. The smog was bad today, the worst it has been since I arrived in China. The whole of China has a cloud of smog over it. When you get up in the morning you cant tell if it is rainy or fine cos it always looks overcast.
While I was out walking I thought I would have a look at the Muslim quarter. The place is berzerk. It is a huge market about 4-6 blocks and all the usual tourist stuff and brilliant food. The place looked like it needs a good look so I went home to put on a jacket and came back for dinner. I had some meat on a stick put into a turkish bread. It was great. There was stuff down there that even I wouldnt eat. I love the place but will have to ban myself cos I cut sick through there last night. Bartering with everyone, I got a couple of Tshirts and a hat.It was late when I came back to the hostel and the hawkers had left from down the end of the street and the dodgy street where I live was dark as
This morning I went to the bank and got some money so I could book my train ticket for tomorrow. On the way I checked out the Bell tower. Right in the middle of town they have a Bell tower and Drum tower. I dont konw why something about bell in the morning and drum at night. Probably the only two old buildings here. Then I went to the train station to book a ticket. There was 30 windows open and each one had a line of between 12 and 20 people. When it was my turn the woman didnt speak english and I dont speak chinese so I had to go back to the hostel to get them to book it. Turns out there are no train tickets for at least a week so I will have to fly. That means I will be here for another night and fly to Urumqi on wednesday.
Since Im here for an extra day Im trying to go up to Wutang mountains but looks like I wont get back in time for my flight so still trying to sort out the logistics.
The pics might be a bit random cos I have just been walkin around and taking pics where I see them. I will head down to the muslim quarter again tonight. I love the place.