Terracotta Warriors

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of China  , Shaanxi,
Monday, March 21, 2011

08:39 Very cold today, just 3deg, so I'm going to put my hat on and my one glove - you remember I lost one in Beijing!
Fried egg on toast for breakfast, that should keep me going, were off to the terracotta warriors today!

 09:16 It was march 1974 when the warriors were found by 4 Farmers digging a well. They dug about 5/6 m deep found some pottery hats which at first they considered evil but a local police officer heard about it and did some investigations and found more warriors, all from the Qing dynasty. They have found 3 pits so far, pit 1 is size of 2 football field. The other 2 pits are a bit smaller.
They've found 8000 so far and still are looking and excavating. They have coloured paint on them and each one is unique in it's design. They exist because the emporer needed soldiers to protect him after death and rather than sacrifice real people which was the previous tradition, he commissioned these to be made.
In the 1990's Bill Clinton came over to see the warriors and wanted to meet the main farmer who found them. An interpreter tried to teach the farmer some English so he could greet him. The interpreter taught him "how are you?" and said that whatever the reply Bill gave, just to say "me too".
On the day the farmer met Bill nerves must have got to him and he ended up asking "who are you?" instead of how!!
Bill replied saying "I'm hilarys husband" then the farmer said "me too!"

The tomb is buried 1500m deep under the ground. There is a mercury river that the emperor built. The emperor learnt how to make traps and killed the scientists who taught him. He designed his own then so No one could get in his tomb. Today they still haven't got into his tomb as they don't want the mercury to leak in and damage it. They think that when they do get in it will be the largest tomb in the world.
They appear to have invented chrome plating technology 2000 years ago as the warriors weapons were shiny and sharp without rust. Unfortunately the emperor killed many of the people who knew the secrets of the tomb so some technologies were lost.

 11:30 We arrived at the site and found it hard to imagine it was ever a field as there are so many
11:52 We watched a short film and saw mr yang the farmer signing books.
13:03 Started snowing!
14:03 Alsation furs for sale here...hmmm

 20:03 Good meal, did ask for apple juice, that cost 28Y, can of coke? 5 so yeah 2.80 for fresh juice go vetoed in favor of fat coke.
Love the garlic broccoli, tried pumpkin pancakes which was great! Millet noodles, Chinese pizza (almost identical to a certain type of garlic bread) plus plenty more.

Best thing: pit 1 of the terracotta warriors, amazing

Worst thing: the realisation that dog fur is fair game

Most beautiful: the models of the chariots in the museum.
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hey, your pics are amazing treacle but i think we need a horrice photo update! x

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