Hot and Humid
Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
132Trip End Jan 04, 2012
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It's unbearably hot and so first thing we have done is booked ourselves on a tour of the terracotta warriors
Our plan was destroyed when we awoke to 37+ degrees, ridiculous humidity and a small decrepid bus with all the windows wide open. Chinese efficient air conditioning. We toured across Xi'an to pick up some more passengers and then headed off. Poor David (We guessed this probably wasn't his real name) was our tour guide and he was struggling with the sniffles. He couldnt get out a sentence with needing to wipe his nose and he was sweating profusely which was more to do with his ill health than the weather. He did try his best to explain everything and showed us around a Terracotta soldier factory and 'museum', where they in 2 minutes show you how they are built and then in the following 25 minutes lead you through a maze of merchandise - thankfully though no real pressure to buy which we have been given before in both Singapore and Bali.
We were led to dinner and had a good effort with the chopsticks, I only got myself covered in some rice and Kate managed to come out unscathed
We both enjoyed the place and it has to go down as a highlight. To top it off though, Davey boy took us to the Qin Mausoleum where the emperor 'may' be buried , under a hill that 'might' contain mercury and lots of pearls, because it 'may' be one of many mausoleums that emperors chose to have in that area. We went through a 20 minute bus ride, a nice little walk in the devastating heat for Dave to give us a small chat in front of the tree covered earth mound to then tell us 'take a photo, but it's not really that interesting, its the same all the way around'
Something he pointed out which was also quite interesting is that the new trees being planted were given a rope set of clothes to keep them warm so they didn't die. Very sweet. All the apples we saw hanging from the trees were also carefully wrapped in little polythene bags to keep the moisture in - now thats dedication.
A nice finish to the day was provided when we were able to book our tickets to the Panda place at Chengdu (pronounced Chung-du) and finally we will get to experience soft sleeper travel - in different cabins from one another...so close to gettting it right.