Xi'an - Warrior Country

Trip Start May 18, 2005
Trip End May 18, 2006

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

We finally arrived in Xi'an from Datong after a 17 hour train journey. We travelled in a soft sleeper (the best class of course) overnight. But since there a four beds to a room we got stuck with 2 chinese guys who were completely intrigued by us. They couldn't believe that Aishlings hair was natural and they explained the workings of China and talked about some of the sights in China and Ireland. All in Chinese. Lets just say it took a lot of sign language and pictures to get this far, very tiring. They even woke me up at 6 am to show me some sacred mountain that we were passing by (but it was where the Shaolin Monks live so I didn't really mind).

Anyway, Xi'an is a pretty cool place. Very modern with some excellent shopping. Loads of big name shops so there's obviously money there. The whole city is surrounded by a pretty impressive wall (they were good with the walls). The hostel was pretty nice too, in this old style chinese building right next to everything. Its very hard to find a decent restaurant here though. Our guidebook is about a year old and most of the restaurants that it reccommended had been knocked down or closed down due to redevelopment of the city. The only places really to eat at are fast food joints, where we swore we wouldn't go during our trip, but we couldn't help it!! Honestly, we would have starved. We ended up in Pizza Hut. And whats even worse was that we had to book it 3 hours in advance!! There were ques outside the place. Madness.

Well you're probably wondering what the hell we were doing in Xian in the first place. Its the home of the Terracotta Army, which was very very impressive I must say. And it was only discovered about 25 years ago by some bloke digging a well (it seems most stuff thats been found in China was found by some bloke digging a well). There's no record of it in the history books either which makes it more strange because it must have taken a lot of people a long time to do it. Anyway, have a look a the photo's and see what you think.
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