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Xi'an: Terracotta solidiers and town

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terra cotta soldiers

Xi'an is a destination we need visit again.   We were with a tour and it was wonderful and informative but it was difficult to see things and we would have liked to visit longer every where we went....  

The city wall is very famous for being intact.  You can actually rent bicycles and ride around the top.   We didn't get to do that.   Also,  There is a large market place that we missed.  It would have been fun to walk around there....   I never did find scorpions on a stick  ....   That was the one thing I wanted to try and didn't find...   (BUT..... would I have been able to actually take a bite???  hmmmmm)  

We didn't get an opportunity to visit the tomb mounds and we felt it would have been interesting.  On our return we will go on our own and perhaps join a tour for something after we get there....

cmgervais says:
I just loved these warriors... what a fantastic site.

My husband tried the scorpions, but I took a pass :^)
Posted on: Aug 25, 2008
brownh27 says:
Hi I think the museum is free but ebntry to the Terracotta army is buy bought timed ticket only (about £12 for adults). From the pictures I have seen on TV it looks like you can get up quite close and although some things are behind glass not every thing is. Don't worry about your photos they are great, but being there really must help get the atmospher.
Posted on: Feb 16, 2008
sylviandavid says:
I forgot that the exhibit is in London..... Does it cost to go to see them in the B /M ... We were so far away from them. we could get close to the ones in the glass cases but the glass was filthy.. so our pictures were not so great..... I zoomed in on photo shop for detail on the close-ups. Sylvia
Posted on: Feb 15, 2008
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soldiers lined up.
XI'AN:  wow.  
We were amazed at the terracotta warriors.  Pit one had 6000 soldiers standing in formation.  We were told each one took 3-4 months to put together as they were like a 3 dimensional puzzle.  They were originally discovered by 3 farmers during the huge drought in 1985 (I think)  they were digging a well:   they kept finding pieces of pottery then  finally found a head.  they were really upset by it and tossed everything back in and covered it up as they thought they might get in trouble.  One of them said he thought they should report it but the other two said no.  He came back with his family that night with a cart and dug up the items again.
looking across the area.... the shortest distance across
    They hauled them to an archeologist's house and within a very short time Xian was famous.      One of these farmers was at the gift shop and would sign a book for 300 yuan.   That's pretty steep as you had to buy the book too. 
The original soldiers are (they are pretty certain)  modeled after the actual army.  No two heads are the same.   They were lucky likeness's were enough as the emperors thought nothing of burying people alive with their bodies to serve them in the after world.   They were mass produced although many details are different depending on their  rank or job.  They have dug up and put together over 6000.  but ....  when they were dug up they were brightly painted but within 5 minutes in the air the paint oxidized and turned to grey.
terracotta soldiers
  The Chinese are waiting for the technology and  are waiting to dig up the rest (I would estimate about 1/4 are dug up from the mounds in the bunkers)  The valley where Xin's tomb is has 17 other uncovered tombs.    
Xin (pronounced chin)  (the emperor) had 750,000 people working on his burial site for 30 years. He began to rule when he was 13 and he was the one who developed the road system., the silk road to Europe, made the coins in China the same dominations, unified the different factions in the country and joined the great wall pieces together.   He was not popular when he was alive and his dynasty lasted only a few years when he died.      
We exited  through a large shopping area they just put in:  yikes.
Amy and Vivian at the gift shop in Xian. Amy was the regional guide for xian and Vivian is the friendly planet guide...
   They had whole skins of dogs and cats.  (There was a Collie looking one and a black and white cat)  Being westerners we were repulsed but I guess someone will buy them.   I thought it was a weird thing to display because NO WAY I would stop at a shop if they were hanging in the entrance.
We went to a dinner show that demonstrated different regions in music and dance.  We had a great meal and loved the performance.  (We did not think we would but it was outstanding)  When got back to our motel we decided to go out to the piazza.  The actual town of Xian was really nice.   It has an original city wall portion still standing built over 800 years old:  the city center had a huge fountain and music playing.   We walked and said hello to people.  There will little cars for people to rent for their kids and it seems like half of the town was out.   They are so friendly and sweet to us.  They cannot stop staring at David the giant.


easyjobrob says:
Sorry..not sure what happened there..this is the pic:..but you already found it :)

http://www.travbuddy.com/photos_popup.php?pid=1442931
Posted on: Feb 12, 2008
easyjobrob says:
The city walls are one of the few remaining after the cultural revolution..the shame of Xi'an is the heavy industry pollution...(this pic of mine shows what I saw last time I was there: but the Terracotta Warriors are a must.When I was there last they were "rennovating" one of the shed..now I understand that capitalisim has reared its ugly head there too...*sigh*...hope you are loving China BTW...I love it there and will be back soon.
Posted on: Feb 12, 2008
Farore says:
Great blog! :)If there's a next time i go to China i will definitely visit Xian too :)
Posted on: Jan 06, 2008
terra cotta soldiers
terra cotta soldiers
soldiers lined up.
soldiers lined up.
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looking across the area.... the s…
terracotta soldiers
terracotta soldiers
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Amy and Vivian at the gift shop i…
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dinner cooked at our table: I rea…
xian china: cultural dancers
xi'an china: cultural dancers
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cultural show Xi'an. we really l…
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the outside area to Xian terracot…
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the decorations at the terracotta…
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In the area where they do a photo…
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they had very plain spoken and in…
xian terra cotta horses
xian terra cotta horses
bronze horse & cart: found in tomb:
bronze horse & cart: found in tomb:
bronze horses
bronze horses
bronze horses
bronze horses
the xian soldier pit: it was huge
the xian soldier pit: it was huge
close ups of the soldiers: many mo…
close ups of the soldiers: many m…
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This soldier was displayed in a g…
the terra cotta soldiers are lined…
the terra cotta soldiers are line…
row upon row
row upon row
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gift shop: showing one of the sol…
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a squatty potty: before we went t…
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This cool motorcycle was likely t…
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outside of a restaurant I insiste…
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xian; gift shop: one of the terra…
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xian: toys for parents to rent fo…
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more riding toys for kids next to…
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This game was laid out and people…
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Here is a picture of the fountain…
Xi'an Hotels & Accommodations review
only stay if you must
We stayed at the Aurum International Hotel as part of a friendly planet tour (we loved the tour as an intro to china) and so were staying in mid to e… read entire review
Xi'an
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