We are Terracotta Warriors
Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
40Trip End May 26, 2009
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We are in Xi'an!
We left Pingyao at lunch time on tuesday and got a motorbike that had been converted into a mode of transport for 4 people and 40kgs of luggage, a very heal;thy sounding motorbike. We caught the bus to Xi'an, which was actually a very nice bus. We took over the back seat so as to have room to spread out. Was only a 6 hour journey and ther was even a toilet stop.
When we got to Xi'an we somehow negotiated a taxi ride across town, another mentalist taxi driver, as they all seem to be. Xi'an isnt as pretty as Pingyao, but is definatley better than Datong.
Our hostel is right next to the south gate and the city walls and is really nice. When we got here the woman offered us a room upstairs with heating or a room down stairs without
We got here at about tea time and had our free coffee (woo!) then went to explore the town, find an atm. The town inside the walls is really cool, we managed to find somewhere to eat, but then left when it emerged they only sold dumplings so ended up going and getting pizza from somewhere else.
Declan and I (ER) went to discover the bar under the hostel, which is the only terracotta warrior themed bar in the whole of China.. or something. It's really awesome.
Wednesday, Terracotta Warrior day.
We managed to come out of a subway near the town centre and head east not west, so took us a little longer to find the buses to the army than we first expected, but we got there and found the green buses exactly where LP said they would be. the bus cost us 70p!
The warriors were amazing, theres just so many of them and they've not even finish excavating yet. See pictures. Emma W bought a pen in the shape of a warrior, I managed to resist buying an entire terracotta mini army..
The bus we got back, still cost us 70p but was a purple bus. Not a green bus. It didn;t take the toll roads. Infact at points we werent even on roads I swear. Took forever and was just.. wow. Horrendus.
We got back to the hostel and collapsed at the cafe, in need of some food. Burger o'clock indeed. Definatley appreciated the free beer tokens. Infact, we appreciated the bar until about 3am. Met some Irish boys and some english and some chinese and had an awesome time. Us Emma's went to bed at the reasonable time of 3am, but Declan went on to a club, who knows where, and got in who knows when, leading to a immense hangover the next day. Emma and I had of course only been drinking water, so were absolutley ok.
Not really knowing what to do the next day we decided to go to the big goose pagoda, the most famous building in all of Xi'an.. We got off the bus about 2km early, them walked 800m the wrong way so totally failed at a successful journey there. When we got there Declan collapsed on a wall and we decided we didn't really want to go in. Took some photos of it.. as its so very famous... and then hopped on the bus and got it all the way back.
Starbucks was next to the most massivest mall ever, with, as is the chinese way, more staff than you can imagine. We also found an english language bookshop which was behind a sports shop... very strange.
That night we took advantage of the free beer tokens again, and met the same irish and english, and some italians and some chinese and some more english. Were in bed by the respectable time of 3am again.. well we had to be out of our rooms by 12 today. oh dear it's 12 now... brb just to return our keys.
K keys are returned deposit is in hand. We're prob going to go and explore the Muslim quarter today as it's supposed to be awesome and are getting the train to Shanghai at 17.24.
- Emma and Emma