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Terracotta and a wonderful dinner

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How to make a soldier
Today we would have a very busy day. We are already halfway on our trip, hard to believe time flies by so fast. Our first stop was at a terracotta factory. It was really nice to see how they make the terracotta soldiers, and bring on the details (all handmade!). We got an explanation of how the soldiers are made, baked etc. There was also a part of the factory that made lacquer furniture with decorations, carpets and other things.

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.
Pit 1
..and u pushing through as well.

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.
The Archer
The second and third pit are the excavation areas, in some you can see the (destroyed) terracotta soldiers, horses, some objects like pots and other little things. The museum was a big disappointment. Or I expected to much of it... Anyway it was one floor with bronze works, which was one big chariot with four horses, and a lot of smaller things. We walked through it in like 15 minutes.
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.
After spending some time there it was time for a nice footmassage. It was heavenly after all the walking the entire week.

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.
palych says:
Hello! Can you recall the name and contact detailes of the factory producing copies of terracotta warriors?
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010
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How to make a soldier
How to make a soldier
Pit 1
Pit 1
The Archer
The Archer
The Cavalry
The Cavalry
Fish Dumpling
Fish Dumpling
Veggie Dumpling
Veggie Dumpling
Cabbage and Walnut
Cabbage and Walnut
The Tang Dance Show
The Tang Dance Show
Xi'an
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