Terracotta warriors

Trip Start Mar 30, 2007
Trip End Apr 15, 2007

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

After a challenging nights sleep we arrived in Xian at 7 am, and were met by our guide for the day Peter on the platform. After winding through the crowds we found our transport and headed off through the early morning peak hour towards the Terracotta warriors that were 75km's north east of the Xian, . We arrived at the warriors by about 8am , and found ourselves to be the first bus in an enormous car park. We then had a 1.5km walk to the warriers comlex entrance wlaking though what we are guessing will be a kind of Terracotta disneyland that is in the process of being built. The warriors were amazing , to both appreciate the history and also the painstaking work to un cover them after 2000 years The warriors were placed in channels to protect the emperor Ching (the first emperor of China , who had previously unified all the main kingdoms in Eastern China) in his after life and were constructed by craftsmen from all over China . We spent about 2 hours wandering through the 3 large "aircraft hanger styled buildings that covered the 3 excavations pits. After completing the tour (and a small theatre show to explain Chings story) we proceded back to the bus where dad bargained for a rug to a somewhat (in the end0 disgruntled) sailsperson, and then drove to a local restaurant for another lunch. Lunch was followed by a forgettable museum tour, and then a trip to see the walled city
. XIan was previously originally surrounded by a wall (that was 130km's in length ) but the inner wall (the one we visited (13km's) still remains intact and has been maintained . What is it with Chinese and walls , but this was about 15metres wide and perhaps 20metres high PHOTO_ID_L=dsc02189.jpg] with a road around it . From here it was back to the station and a rest prior to boarding the train back to Beijing . The trip was spent gaining updates from the westcoast v Collingwood match (Thanks to Kate , Rick , Dave and Peter Stewart) but unfortunately Collingwood was unable to give us a win. So at 160km/hr we went to sleep on hard mattresses
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