Xian: A very full day seeing: Xingqing Park, Lacquer furniture shop, lunch at a university restaurant, Terracotta warriors gallery, the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors, City wall, and dinner with dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe. Weather: Sunny with it being 41* in AM & 70* in PM
We get up at 6:00 AM, this is becoming my new norm. Again have a fantastic huge buffet breakfast. We meet Frank and Ivy at 7:30. We get on a bus and go to Xingqing Park, which had a lot of interactive things to do. I enjoyed it very much.
We are back on the bus headed to a Lacquer furniture shop. On the way we pass the City Wall. It surrounds the city for a total of eight miles. It is the only original complete wall around a city that remains in China. We also see the Bell Tower.
We next are headed to the Terracotta Gallery where they show and explain the making of the warriors.
From the gallery we headed to lunch on a university campus with a nice lunch beside a koi pond.
We are now headed on to the actual archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors – life-size soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China’s first emperor, Qin She Huang. On the way we pass a carved monument representing the warriors.
Then on to the actual site where a farmer discovered the first warrior head while digging a well. We bought a book with his autograph. He is now 86 years old and no longer goes to the museum. We spend 3 hours looking at the pits and the original warriors. The first Pit has 6,000 warriors with 2,000 restored at this time. They originally were in color but as soon as they are dug up they oxidize and lose their color.
On the way out of the ‘Pits’ we see special warriors that are encased in show cases. The archer being the only warrior found complete in the entire area.
Then it is to the building that houses the chariots.
This is an amazing site and photos don’t do it justice. Very lucky and glad we had the opportunity to see it all in person.
We make it back on the bus to the hotel by 5:15, change to nicer clothes and back on the bus by 5:45 to go to dinner and the dance performance by the Tang Dynasty Troupe. It is an hour long dance depicting the only female Empress’ life.
But that is not the end of the day yet. We get on the bus and see the night city lights and the city wall lite up.
We get to the hotel at 9:30 and have to pack our luggage and have it out to go to the airport by 10:30 PM. We have to leave the hotel by 6:30 AM. It has been a very long day but an extremely interesting and informative day!