Wonderful warriors in Xian

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Flag of China  , Shaanxi,
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Good morning peeps!

I am writing this on the slow boat to China! Literally as we are on a boat from Japan to China that takes 2 days. So I am writing this blog entry about China whilst on the way to China! Confused? I know I am!

So back to the 10th October.

It was not the best of sleeps on the train from Pingyao to Xian. It was not because we were in 3rd class, it was more to do with the snoring coming from the guy on the bottom bunk. I remember me and this Chinese girl looking over at each other at about 02:00 thinking the same thing. Stop snoring! I was going to tell her to throw something at him as she had a better angle. Luckily Karen was in the section on the other side of me so she slept soundly as she always seems to do!

We got out at Xian train station and had a free pick up from our hostel. It is common practice in China and comes in very handy when you first arrive at a new place all disorientated. Xian is big and busy and very different than Pingyao. We got to the hostel and were very impressed. It had loads of little courtyards to chill out in, a bar, a cafe and they even gave us free coffee and beers! 

That first day we did not do much as it was raining heavily all day. We popped out to get our train tickets to Qingdao (thankfully in 2nd class) and have some lunch. For the rest of the day we researched more on Japan and Seoul, wrote the blog and our journals and played pool in the bar whilst drinking our free beers! With the weather being like it was, it was the perfect day to be just in catching up on stuff.

Our 2nd day was very different. First of all the weather was beautiful and today we went to see the world famous Terracotta warriors. What a thing to do on a Monday morning! Like most excursions we have done, we did it independently which saved us loads of money. We prefer it that way as it is more of a challenge and there's the satisfaction of actually making it to the place. As you can imagine it is an amazing site. We did not realize that they were only discovered by two farmers in 1974. There are 3 sites excavated at the moment but they know there are a lot more warriors to discover as the Emperor's burial site is the largest in the world. It took most of the day to go around it. Not that the place is huge, in fact it is smaller than we imagined but we wanted to take our time. The details on each warrior is amazing. Each one
has a different face, different hair, footwear etc. It was mind blowing. I think I will have the same for when I am gone but I will have Star wars characters instead!

So that was Xian. We were not that impressed with the city itself. Granted we did not see that much but Xian was the start of the old silk road and we thought there would be more historical sites to see. Maybe we were just spoilt in Pingyao? The Terracotta warriors though are amazing. Well worth going to Xian just for those. 

Our next port of call is Qingdao and we mean port too as it is where we will get the boat to South Korea from! Until then, Zaijian! xxx
Lots of love Paul (and Karen)
p.s Karen has opted out of writing this blog as she is a lazy monkey! No, only joking. She worked for 2 days this week and I actually mean work, work. The real thing, that thing you lot are doing so it was only right that I do the writing duties. You see what I did there? Right and write? Oh forget it! 

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mom on

Another great read cant wait for the next one xxxx

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