Xi'an & the Terracotta Warriors

Xi'an known as Chang'an in ancient times, is famed all over the world for it's glorious history. Specialists and scholars regard it as an inexhaustible treasure house of literature while heads of state from many countries and people from all walks of life turn their eyes to this tourist attraction, trying to broaden their knowledge of Chinese civilization.

This city has the oldest medieval wall in China, in perfect condition. Revolving Ying/Yang The Bell Tower and Drum Tower in the city of Xi'an date back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Four streets radiate from the Bell Tower, extending to the north, south, west and east. The Drum Tower is at a short distance, to the northwest of the Bell Tower. The city wall of Xi'an, 11.9 Kilometres in circumference, was rebuilt in the early period of the Ming Dynasty. Previously built of rammed earth, it was surfaced with gray bricks in 1568, it has 5,984 arrow-shooting holes and 98 ramparts. this is the biggest and best-preserved city wall of ancient China. The city is busy day and night. Food every where! Outdoor cooking every 20 feet.

Full day touring Xi'an and the burial site of the army of lifelike terracotta soldiers. The first Emperor of China had three pits built with soldiers to protect him in his life after death.

The Terra-cotta Army, pottery warriors and horses are located at a place 1.5 kilometers east of the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. It was discovered in 1974 and more excavations were made in the subsequent years. Vault 1 covers an area of 14,200 square meters and houses more than 6,000 life-size pottery warriors, chariots and horses arranged in battle formation as the main force. Vault 2, to the north of Vault 1, contains formations of pottery soldiers as the flank force. Vault 3. to the west of Vault 2, appears to be a military headquarters.

It also has been brought to my attention that Egypt has some of the oldest maps but a map in China has been found that is the oldest map with actual distances shown on it! Read more about the famous Chinese map for more details.

Last night a Dumpling Dinner and a Tang Dynasty song and dance show was extremely well executed. Next a flight to Beijing on a Russian plane that had seen better days. We were seated in row 12. Several couples got on and told us they were happy their seats were in row 10 as they didn't like to sit in the back of the plane. We told them that they were sitting in the back end. They wondered why we though that, well the seat rows went from 1 to 8 - then 12 to 54 - then 10 and 11! Needless to say there were some unhappy people!

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