8th Wonder of the World

Xi'an Travel Blog

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After a cheeky McDonald's Breakfast we took a public bus to the station with our guide Candice before we took another bus all the way to the Terracotta warriors Museum outside the city. The museum was pretty large and we started in the museum – seeing some of the rebuilt bronze chariots that were unearthed, and also there was a giant mannequin used in the Beijing games opening ceremony We then went on our way to see Pit 2 which was pretty much empty – they cover up many of the artefacts to protect them from the air once they are discovered thus many have been reburied until there is a way to permanently conserve them. Pit 3 contained a few warriors however these ones had no weapons and where the HQ of the army.

The most impressive however was Pit 1 where lots of the warriors were lined up in formation the ones that had been rebuilt – there was a little sign marking where the pit had been discovered. We went on to see a video – which was incredibly dated and some quite hammy acting but it was a 460 cinema and pretty impressive never the less. Outside there was this old bloke sitting in shades with a sign saying no photos, signing books – apparently this was the man who discovered the pits (no doubt losing his land in the process) I got a book and the signature also. We stopped for a lunch another Chinese banquet dinner this one was particularly nice as they hadn't filled these dishes with chillies on this one.
We then took the two buses back to the hotel, a few of us went to see the Grand Mosque – there is a large Muslim population in Xi’an and after wards we walked through the busy market stalls and I tried a few more Chinese snacks before we stopped off for dinner. We went to this restaurant the story goes that one of the emperors was once a beggar and the restaurant gave him a pancake and some cabbage (pancake is just flat bread in this case) and when he was emperor he came back and he had the same and with some added beef and mutton. We eventually got the same dish after a bit of pointing and gesturing towards pictures but it was pretty filling. We got some cabs after wards to the Small Goose Pagoda from where we saw a fantastic water show with lights and music from the fountain and got a bit of a sprinkling before getting some cabs back.

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