Giles: It certainly was a spectacle, thousands of unearthed warriors in a massive pit - does make you wonder what else hasn't been discovered yet from any era around the world. The tour was cool, the guide spoke good English and coudl answer most questions - the museum afterwards was great too - it explained how it was all constructed, using what techniques, so on and so forth. As Sam said, it was a refreshing change to use our heads for once! The pictures will say more than I can about it all, but suffice to say it was well worth comign to Xi'an solely for this.
Shifting to Nanjing today, that's only a few hours from Shanghai, but the train journey we're about to get on is 16 hours long - at least we have beds (of sorts) this time! Will be a shame to say goodbye to Little Hot Pot too...
Much love, Gam and Siles xxx
Sam: The terracotta warriors was amazing! We went on an organised tour with an english guide, which really made the experience. The actual warriors were impressive to see, so so so huge. And each one of the 7000 discovered is different. Different facial expressions to depict their mood. What made it so amazing though was the history behind it. Alot of people we've spoken to have been disapointed by the warriors, i presume this is because they dont know fully about the history. To think a paranoid king 2000 years ago, who thought that when he died would be haunted, decided to take this warriors to his death with him by building his whole dynasty out of clay and then bury them. It was discovered until 1974 when a farmer was building a well. Apparently, so our guide says, local peasents had discovered parts of it before 1974 but re-buried it because they were scared what might happen to them. There still discovering parts now. It was a nice feeling using my brain for the first time in 2 weeks! Travelling is starting to make me a bit lazy, i guess this way of life is just going to take some adjustment. Not having any routine or anything to do is a strange thing! Bored of Xi'an so moving on in a couple of hours to Nanjing. 16 hour train journey on a hard sleeper. See whats about there before moving on to Shanghai. One other thing, i had spaghetti bolognese last night and it was beautiful!