ME at the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Soldiers museum
Trip Start Oct 07, 2012
45Trip End Dec 14, 2012
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I had debated whether to go on a guided tour... but as they can rush you too much I decided to go it alone. The weather was sunny and bright and off i went early...
First i had to find the 603 bus stop which took me to the railway station (1 Yuan -10p), there by the stop is a pagoda and the city wall. At the station i had to find the 306 bus which went to the Terra-cotta Warrior site - about one hour north east (7 Yuan - 70p).
Xi'an is very flat, it was nice to see some hills as the bus approached the site. I had to find out which was the right stop to get off at, then find my way to the ticket office, from there it was quite a walk to the entrance of the museum, all the way many people want to sell you things. There was a lot of fur for sale here - not sure of the significance of that but ewww i didn't like it.
The site is split into 3 pits- pit 1 being the largest - it is covered by a massive hanger to protect everything. I filmed as i took my first glimpse of the impressive Terra-cotta warriors - it was quite over whelming (as you may tell by my voice and face). I can't believe how massive the site is, how many solders and horses etc there are, and each soldier unique; i mean i have read about it and seen pics but to see it was... unreal and very moving.
As i wandered round looking at all the beautiful clay warriors, i kept 'bumping' into an old guy, we ended up 'trying' to communicate, and laughing, I offered to take his pic in front of the warriors, and he took mine, then he wanted to take my pic and i took his, then we wandered the rest of the way round at the same time - taking the odd pic for one another and laughing as we couldn't really communicate much. Then i almost missed taking my pic of the well (the well that the farmers were digging when they came accross the site.) so i ran back a bit to do it fast, I lost my friend at this point for a moment, then spotted him sitting with his wife. So i went to say hello to her too and took their picture together - she was very happy about it :o)
Some of the site hasn't yet been excavated - it just looks like tons of rock-hard, baked earth, I am amazed how they can excavate anything from such a place!!! I touched the earth just over the barrier - it may sound silly but it was a cool thing to do as it was like touching the earth the soldiers were in!!
So i got his signature and photo and video of him. Funny to think I had read somewhere that the farmers who discovered the site didn't know the significance of it and had used some of the heads as pots!
She was shouting to folk and waving a plastic bottle, (lots of folk collect them here - you see folk getting them out of bins). Another little old lady was selling some plum like fruits - i didn't want a
lot so just bought 1 - paid way too much but she was nice and so was the fruit!.
A guy was selling some mini kites, they were quite cool all blowing in a string way up to the sky, i didn't take a pic!! I bought a hot sweet potato to warm me up as it had been really cold in the hangers and buildings. then i headed off and found my bus (after numerous taxi drivers asked if i wanted a taxi).