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Dec 31, 2013 - Xian - Terracotta Warriors

Had a yummy breakfast at our hostel before our guide Michael arrived. He took us out to the Terracotta Warriors and showed us around pit 1,2 and 3 and the museum. It was pretty impressive, just the scale of it. They have only found 1 statue that was still completely intact! All the other thousands were broken and it is taking years for them to repair them in the Terracotta Hospital. In pit 1 they have restored only 1/6 of the 6000 statues. As technology progresses they are finding easier ways to do this. The statues were originally all...

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Dec 30, 2013 - Xian

After arriving at the train station at about 5:45am we followed our directions and walked in the cold to the hostel we had booked. Got our room and all climbed under the covers and sleep for a couple of hours, it's pretty cold! We had American, French and Italian breakfasts at the hostel restaurant. Its a really nice place with great arches in the lane way. Caleb was spun out by the frozen fountain? We walked up to the city wall, the only intact city wall left in China. We paid the entry fee and climbed to the top. We wanted to ride a bike...

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Dec 29, 2013 - Chengdu to Xian

Off to the intercity train station. We were too slow to get breakfast at the hotel so had fun trying to order at Chinese KFC, lots of pointing and fingers for quantity, we are getting good at that. To enter the train station we had to show tickets and our passports, then put our bags through a X-ray machine and then had our bodies run over with a metal detector and pat down. We then made our way to the waiting area for our train, got some supplies for the trip and used the pretty disgusting public loo. At this time I decided to check on the...

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Dec 18, 2013 - Day 5

Today we went to see the Pagoda in Xi'an. The emperor would come here and there are little rooms to do whatever he wanted. We didnt spend much time there and we then went to a dumpling lunch. They served us around 10 different types of dumplings with different shells and fillings on each one. After, we went to markets. It was pretty cold out and Carol isn't feeling well so she stayed in the car while grandpa and I went walking around. I thought the markets were so cute and fun. They are all down this little street and the amount of stuff...

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Dec 17, 2013 - Day 4

Today once we got up, we had a yummy breakfast in the lobby and then met up with our tour guide for the city of Xi'an. Today was the whole day of the Terricotta warriors so the first thing we did was go to a factory. This factory is where they make replicas of the warriors, big and small, and you can buy them. Not only did they have warriors but many other things like silk rugs and hand painted tiles and vases. Once we left there, we went to the grounds where the warriors are. We had lunch in what they call the museum but there's nothing...

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Dec 12, 2013 - Xian--Dec. 12 to 14

Xian (SHE-an) is a city of about 8 million. We went to Xian to see the Terra Cotta Soldiers. In 1974 some farmers were digging a well and found a terra cotta statue, life sized, of a warrior. Since that time, the archaeologists have unearthed thousands of these statues of warriors, horses, chariots, etc. They have been reconstructed and put on display. Even now the work continues. They have unearthed 4 separate dig sites to date. Each warrior is unique. On arrival, the first day we saw the Wild Goose Pagoda which is an ancient holy place...

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Nov 18, 2013 - Beijing/Xi'an/Shanghai

Still in Beijing – visited the Summer Palace – what a wondrous place. Huge site covering 300+ acres. Quoting from LP: “Once a playground for the imperial court fleeing the suffocating summer torpor of the Forbidden City (POOR SODS!), the palace grounds, temples, gardens, pavilions, lakes, bridges, gate-towers and corridors of the Summer Palace are a marvel of landscaping”. All true and then some. The above mentioned lake was deepend and expanded by a mere 100,000 army of labourers. Absolutely stunning place. I do like the “can do” attitude...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Arrived Xian

We successfully negotiated Beijing railway station and took the fast train to Xian. The view from the train was very disappointing as the smog was so heavy we couldn't see much at all. Unfortunately the smog is also very heavy here in Xian as well. Our hotel here is very beautiful and our room overlooks a delightful courtyard. We are very close to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which dominates the landscape and sits over a lovely water feature which is lit up at night. The area surrounding the hotel is beautiful with many gardens and lots of...

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Oct 25, 2013 - Xian

Day 9/10: Thursday/Friday, October 24/25th We arrived in Xian (pronounced she ann) mid afternoon and were transferred by bus to the center of the city to pay a visit to the oldest and most complete city wall remaining in China. Built over 600 years ago, it managed to escape the devastation that occurred during the Chinese cultural revolution and with the exception of a small piece that has since undergone restoration, it is largely intact in its original form. We had about 45 minutes to spend there before dinner. Xian is one of the smaller...

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China Adventure 2013

Jun 8, 2013 - Terra cotta warriors

This is clearly a highlight of the trip. Xian is located on the Yellow River, and has a long history. It has seen 31000 years of civilization and reached its peak during the Tang Dynasty. From 618-907 AD the Tang Dynasty managed to unite the country under one ruler who wanted to have an army to protect him and keep him ruler after he died. In the 1970's the terra cotta army was found by accident, when some farmers began digging for a well. Today the site Is UNESCO World Heritage site and consists of several buildings, housing thousands of...

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Jun 6, 2013 - So much to see

Yesterday was another busy day. First a "pedi-cab" ride (the old word was rickshaw, but that was when the porter ran and pulled--now it is a fellow on a bike in front who pedals along) into an older part of Beijing. Older homes from the 1800s, and really interesting. These areas are real villages, in the big city, where everyone knows everyone else and everyone's comings and goings. And into a local food market, where there were 100?year old eggs and vegetables, etc. Then we flew to Xi'an, and last night went to an amazing "cultural show"...

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Jun 4, 2013 - Xian, China

6/4 – 6/5 On the Morning of June 4th we visited the beautiful Summer Palace (just outside Beijing) which was the lake front summer home built for Empress Dowager Cixi, the Dragon Lady. If it were not for all the tourists it would have been a very restful place. After lunch Ann and Sun dropped us off at the airport. Ann went inside to insure that we had our boarding passes and knew where to go before she left. She was an outstanding guide and we are quite grateful for her assistance. Because of lightning, our flight to Xian was canceled and...

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