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Xi'an

Home of the Terracotta Warriors

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We finished off our stay in Beijing, met a friend of a friend (who is chinese) and she took us out to dinner for beijing roast duck. Amazing!! it is such a delicacy and they prepare it very well. There are 3 different ways to eat it and the waitress shows you how - requires a bit if dexterity with the chopsticks!! def our best meal in china so far.
we arrived in Xi'an early friday morning after a long train trip down from Beijing. The hostel we are staying at picked us up from the train station which was really good, as the train stations are packed to the rafters with people and boxes and suitcases it is a crazy place!
Xi'an is a great city, only 9million people live here so it is not quite as big as the other cities in china. We went to see the Terracotta Warriors which was really cool. A farmer was digging a well on his property in 1974 and came across a pit filled with terracotta warriors in battle formation, then they found 2 others. There are thousands of life size warriors and a few horses but the chariots disintegrated as they were made of wood. An emporer built them thousands of years ago and buried them, he was the kind of guy that wanted to be talked about in the afterlife, mission accomplished! We both have little warriors to bring home and stand guard. Our guide that took us was hilarious and called us 'youth group' says he likes taking tours as it makes him feel younger. Chinas population has reached 1.3billion, isnt that crazy! so they have the 'one child policy' but he says that you can get around this and have another child if you know a doctor in the hospital and say that your first child is sick in the head or the heart. then u can have another!
Met some nice people here at the hostel and learnt a chinese dice game. There is a big muslim population here so they have a muslim quarter which has really good road side food stalls. Beef kebabs, naan bread and chicken sticks for the 2 of us cost a whole $2. The city is surrounded by the original city walls and a moat and we are going to ride around on bicycle tomorrow. Also going to a panda conservation centre on thursday.
Leaving for Shanghai on friday so will update you when we get there.

Posted by shell. 05:54 Archived in China

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