Once Were Warriors
Trip Start Apr 03, 2013
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Just as we got the hang of saying hello, we find out that Beijing says it different to the rest of China so back to trying to say that one again, damn it!!
So off to the hotel for some breakfast and a freshen up. I am really looking forward to eating normal things for breakfast and not having bok-choy, noodles or rice for breakfast. So nibbles down and off to the room, quite big so that was good.
First stop today was the terra-cotta warriors
Now off to see the real deal!!! The walk up to the entrance is quite long and the area is really touristy. Hard to believe this used to be farmland??? We headed to pit 1 first which is the massive one. There are loads in here and loads to still be put back together and excavated. They only have 20 archaeologists working on the site at one time so it seems like it is going to be quite some years before they are going to be anywhere near finished. After all that excitement it was time to stop for a very westernised lunch at the in-house restaurant. The good thing was that we got to see two different ways of making noodles. One was cutting them from a massive lump of dough and the other just stretching then and slapping the dough on the counter, that way looked much more interesting and they tasted good as well. Next off to pit 3, in here they say it is the most important pit
Tonight we decided to go out and have a few drinks in town. There were 8 of us so that is two taxi’s nice and easy. Steve and I headed off with two others and all the girls headed off together. We were told it would be about 20 Yuan for the taxi. We tried but couldn’t get anything under 40, however, when you convert it back that is only about £5 so not that steep. So off we go, we have directions for the driver so all should be fine right?? How wrong could we be? He goes to drop us off and we show him the card as we are not sure where we are supposed to go then he takes off again, he then says something gives us some hand directions and then off we go. We are in some dodgy street that does not look like there is a bar in sight. So time to ask some questions. The first few people were not that helpful, however, finally we had a very helpful girl who asked around for us and finally some local on the street knew where to go
So off for some well needed exercise today. First up a nice bike ride around the city wall. It was quite a long one, 13km in total and a very bumpy ride which just reminded me how much 'extra baggage’ I have picked up already
We then headed to the wild goose pagoda. It is named after a temple in India, the story is about a goose flying over and dropping dead in the yard and I think they then became vegetarian or they finally got food?? Not sure which one but both sound good right? The pagoda is 7 stories high and not one bit of cement. It has survived many earthquakes and only has a slight lean to the left to show for it all. We had a calligraphy demonstration where both Steve and I were suckered in and bought our names, as our memory is so great we can only remember parts of what our names mean. Steve is to do with an emperor and I am a beautiful lady (she probably tells everyone that thoughJ). We went for a stroll around the grounds to try and find the laying Buddha, but instead we found a wooden carving of the life and travel from the guy in Monkey Magic!! There was also a jade carving of Buddha’s life to keep in theme with the pagoda.
We treated ourselves to a milo ice cream!
We said goodbye to a few in the group today as they were either going back to Beijing or heading into the deep depths of China. The rest of us lucky folks get to get on another sleeper train. Steve and I found out that the old saying of he who screams the loudest gets fed first still plays a part in life and no matter where in the world you are. So as all our train tickets were booked but one couple decided to continue on the trip with us the day we left as Steve and I handled the locals well the first time we got their tickets and back with the locals, the only two in the group that were separated. Oh well let’s hope for another gooden and no smelly feet!! So we got a really nice guy who works in Xi’an but his family live 2 hours away from Shanghai so he was off to visit. He told us all about his daughter and wife and also noted he would mind our clothes for us when we went to the dining cart. We bought some wine from the trolley man on the way down and struggled to get cups from the dinning cart, they were guarding them with all their life!! Last night of sleeper trains so we did need to celebrate!!