Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
63Trip End Aug 06, 2009
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After lunch we hopped on the public bus and went to the Bell Tower. The Bell Tower once housed a giant bell that was rung at dawn which is now in the middle of a roundabout, surrounded by shopping complexes. You could get your picture taken ringing a smaller bell for an extra 30Y. About 200 meters away is the Drum tower once housing a giant drum that was struck at nightfall. We happened to catch parts of the bell and drum shows at each of the attractions. From there we caught another public bus to the big goose pagoda. It was a very long walk to get to the pagoda, and again they charged an additional 30Y to climb up. One of the biggest watershows happens in front of the pagoda, but we didn't want to wait 3 hours for it, as we were tired.
Today we took a bus to the Railway Station and then took another bus one hour to the Terracotta Warriors. These warriors where only recently discovered in 1974 by two guys digging for a well
Also unearthed was a pair of bronze chariots, on display behind a case. We started out in the smaller pit 3 with 72 soldiers and horses. In Pit 2, there were not many soldiers unearthed as they are continually excavating but we did have a chance to view 5 solders up close, behind a glass case of course. We left the best for last: Pit 1 which is the largest vault and also the first one discovered by the peasants. There are 6000 warriors and horses in the pit battle ready and facing east. It was very impressive and also extremely crowded, you have to do as the Chinese do and battle your way to the good spots. We are not big fans of the two cities we have been in so far; they are overcrowded, hard to get around, and lots of smog. Admittedly, it would've helped our China trip if we were better prepared and not just straight off the boat. Right now we are waiting another half an hour before we head to the train station for another all nighter. I would take the train over a sleeper bus anyday but we do plan on flying the next leg.