Terracotta worriors

Trip Start Oct 08, 2010
Trip End Oct 22, 2010

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Flag of China  , Shaanxi,
Sunday, October 17, 2010

Terracotta warriors were incredibly impressive. The scale, detail and history are amazing. Add it to your must-do list. Some authentic China experiences too.

A leisurely start at 10.30 - to recover from the train trip. Terracotta Warriors the only real plan for the day. We made an obligatory tourist stop at a factory, where they make replica warriors and also sell other junky souvenirs at 10x the price in markets.

Next stop lunch. It was at a big restaurant, clearly catered for tourists. Food passable. We also got a demonstration on how to make dumplings - then got to try ourselves. Not so confident yet, but could make passable dumplings now I suppose. (Mum, this is not an invitation to stop the supply of dumplings!)
Next Terracotta Warriors. We saw Pit 1 first, which is the most excavated. Other than very pushy Chinese tourists at the beginning, it was amazing. The scale (huge), the detail (each face is different and higher ranking ones are bigger) and sheer time (38 years) it must have taken are impressive. We also saw the restored bronze chariot, which took 8 years to put back together.

Its difficult to describe. Its an awesome sight to see something made in 200BC, that was made by a clearly advanced society and under the leadership of what must have been rather authoritarian rule.

Huge traffic coming back to the city. Got back around 4.30pm.

After a rest headed out for dinner. The concierge at the hotel (Golden Flower Shangri-La) wrote down a couple of addresses for muslim food (as we heard its good).

We had some authentic China experiences. The taxi driver smoked - first real China experience, this did not happen in Beijing. The first restaurant we went to was huge. We were pointed this way and that, finally to a table. No one even tried to explain what we had to do. Left us us sitting for about 5 minutes so we left, second China experience.

We went to the muslim market behind the drum tower. Lots of pointing and gesturing later we arrived at a place where we had some english. Managed to buys some food. The beef skewers were very nice. Wandered around the night market looking at trinkets etc. Fun to walk around.

Getting back to the hotel was fun. The taxi driver couldn't understand the name of the hotel. After some confusion we did get back.

Fun day out. But looks like the great service we had in Beijing, has stayed in Beijing. Shame, because the sights, history and culture of the place is amazing.

Very early start tomorrow: 7.55am flight to Guilin. A stroke of complete incompetence from our tour organiser, China Holidays (do not use them). Means we have to leave the hotel by 6am. Monkeys.
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