Y5 for a terracotta army
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As the "Bible" has been a little of a let down lately concerning prices and accomodation I decided to change my tactics and go with the touts waiting outside the train station. Well the first tout brought me to the recommended place in the Lonely Planet, so far for not using the "Bible"...
I booked a tourgroup for the next day as I wanted to avoid the weekend madness at the Terracotta army. The group mainly consisted of Australians and some Dutch. When I saw the Terracotta army I felt dissapointed and thought is this all??? I know even thinking of this near Chinese is blasthamy but I think the army is overhyped and certainly overpriced. Outside the site you could buy a miniture army for Y5 and you wouldn't have missed a thing.
Together with Seth a Phd from Bristol we did a bicycle tour on our own on the city walls. We had to go really fast as you could only rent the bikes for 100 minutes and after that pay a fine. As we both didn't want to pay the fine we turbo charged our legs and raced on the wall to make it in time.
That evening I wanted to have my hair cut and went in a salon. The "hairdresser" didn't want to cut my hair but to give me a massage with a "happy ending". All I wanted was to get my hair cut after some explaining the "hairdresser" brought a real one that cut my hair. So I could get on my hard seat to Pingyao with a new haircut.