Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
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After our grueling train experience we decided to treat ourselves to a flight to Xi'an from Chengdu - only 10 quid more than a soft sleeper so it wasn't that bad price wise. It still took us a good six hours or so to get to our destination, and the flight was so turbulent! Like getting a bus in Cambodia but in the sky. It was blazing sunshine when we got to Xi'an which was nice, and we found our hostel no problem. On the first day we went to the bell and drum towers in the center of town. A bit disappointing to be honest, as there was very little information in English. The towers look really pretty at night though, when they are all lit up. We also went for a stroll around the Muslim quarter and into the ancient mosque. The mosque was huge and very atmospheric. We had heard from a number of people that the Muslim quarter is really good for cheap food, though Kat and I have had food poisoning so many times it makes us a bit nervous now! We bought these sweets called 'Green Bean Cake' and it turned out to be absolutely disgusting, like soggy digestive biscuit. They must be really popular though as they are sold everywhere. We got an early night, and joined forces with a guy in our dorm to go to Terracotta warriors in the morning. Then the rain set in, just like being at home. Both Kat and I had to don our very attractive kags-in-bags and we got so wet just going between the different sites at the Terracotta warrior complex.
By public bus it takes about 2 and half hours to get from Xian to the warriors, and it is definitely worth the trip. The third pit is the most impressive where all the warriors are lined up, and the majority of them are complete so you can see their different facial expressions and body shapes. I feel really sorry for the ones that have no heads or have fallen over! The scale of the creation of the terracotta army really amazed me, and it's strange to think how old they are and yet they are standing right in front of you.
The next day the weather was even worse, so we chilled out and got our tickets for Beijing. Unfortunately for us we had to get a soft sleeper as the hard sleepers had sold out, but at least we'll get a decent nights sleep.