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Xi'an


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We came to Xi'an for the Terracotta Army but had a day to kill beforehand so spent some time strolling around the Muslim Quarter and seeing the Drum and Bell Towers, the latter of which is now marooned on a traffic island.
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We had a guide for our half day at the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, as it is more formally known, which was invaluable as there is little in the way of English explanation. Pit 1, which was discovered first, is truly astonishing with its rows and rows of Terracotta soldiers, each of which is unique. What's even more incredible is the restoration work that has gone in to making the warriors whole, as earthquakes and subsequent emperors have ravaged the tomb.
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In the evening we tried Xi'an's version of hotpot and celebrated one of the girl's birthdays with karaoke. On our last day here some of us visited the Shaanxi History Museum and then saw the Big Goose Pagoda, the finest example of a Tang Dynasty pagoda in China, or so I'm told.
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The local method of transport is the motorised tuk tuk, which provided many near-death experiences and another group with a (minor) crash and irate driver.
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Then it was time for the next sleeper train, this time to Chongqing where we will meet our bus to the Three Gorges Dam and start our trip along the mighty Yangtze River.

Posted by arianemeena 21:07 Archived in China

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