Terracotta Warriors- nice to meet you again
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July 28th, 2009 – by: princeza_9
Finally, we were on the way. Of course we didn't go straight there, we had to stop at some government run Terracotta making spot that happened to sell a whole bunch of stuff.
The Warriors are amazing when you think about when they were built. Backstory- The first Emperor of China- Qin Shi Huang- had them built as part of his massive tomb- in about 210 BC. The statues all supposedly look different, personalized for the army at the time. From Wikipedia- "Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.
Which is why in two of the three pits, not much is seen. But it was still amazing.
We had lunch on the way back- picked out Chinese food of course, but it was good. We were the first back to the hotel- thankfully- since the van was so hot! Nap again- then back out to see the Great Mosque and the Bell Tower.
The Tower was still cool, and no, I didn't ring the bell. The Mosque was still amazing now as it was a year ago. I just had to cover up this time since I was wearing a spaghetti-strap tank top. Thankfully Christina had something I could use. And I promptly gave it back when we were out of the Muslim section since it was too hot for that! We had some dinner and headed back to the hotel.
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