Terracotta and a wonderful dinner
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May 1st, 2010 – by: Farore
After that it was time for the real thing, the Terracotta Army. The little downside was it was may 1st. A day that the Chinese people have a day of. (and for a lot of people the entire week of vacation as well.) So it was even more busy that it usually was (or so we were told). Amazing to see how four lines of people are pushing each other forth and back to make pictures of the Terracotta Army.
The Terracotta Army is located on a big secured area. It's divided among four buildings, three with terracotta army and excavations, and one museum with bronze works and other things. The Terracotta Army was build under reign of the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty, the first dynasty of China. Emperor Qin was the first one who united China under one ruler, instead of different countries with their own king. He built the army so he could rule in the afterlife as well. Unfortunately during a civil rebellion the people found his tomb and the army protecting it, and destroying every single bit that was standing up. And taking the weapons for themselves.
The first pit is the Terracotta Army as everyone knows it, a big pit with hundreds of soldiers in a row, and horses of course, for the cavalry.
We went to the teahouse where we had tea and a little sort of lunch.
From there on it was back to Xi'an, where we had some time to explore the old part of the city on our own. There was a market with all kinds of souvenirs, t-shirts, hats, bags, food and drinks. There also were big shopping malls where you could buy everything you have at home for almost the same price as you pay at home, so besides it wasn't nice looking around it was also packed, while the market was busy but nice to look around.
Then as a perfect ending of that day, we went to the Tang Dumpling Dinner and Dance Show. First was the Dumpling Dinner. We got 12 different kind of dumplings, all in different shapes too :), the duck dumpling was shaped like a duck, and we also had walnut (waaay to sweet), cabbage, and the normal shaped ones with pork, beef, sharkfin (didn't eat that one), vegetable, and a few more, twelve in total. It was a big dinner with speed...we hadn't picked the last dumpling up or the next bowl of dumplings was put on the table already. It was very nice though.
After that the dancing part was up, with traditional musical instruments from the Tang dynasty, singing, dancing and a very memorable panflute....
Especially the dancing was beautiful, they had dresses with really long sleeves and it was really graceful how they moved. Also the backgrounds were beautiful, with entire landscapes, the forbidden city, or just two peony flowers, just perfect with the scene they were playing.
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