My trip continues when the next morning we boarded a flight for X’ian, home of the Terracotta Warriors and is a World heritage site. Arriving in Xian, again we met up with our tour guide and made our way to see The Terracotta warriors. I was pretty excited, I have seen so many photos and read so much about it, I couldn’t believe I would see them in person. It was so cool to see the archeologists in action, they were actually working, excavating while we were walking around. I couldn’t believe how big the area was. The Terracotta Army was so cool to see but a bit disappointed that we couldn’t get closer, I guess I thought we would be able to get much closer than we did. There were so many people, it was very overwhelming.
After the Terracotta Army we made our way to Ancient City Wall, which was built (1368-1644), it is 14 kms long, 15 metre wide and 12 metres tall. It’s very well preserved, has watch towers, mates, gates and staircases. Such a great view of the city, great for walking and riding bikes.
That night we went to a dinner/show. I was so exhausted since we were up early for our flight that I was fighting to stay awake in a dark theatre. I believe I nodded off a few times… it was a great show full of wonderful costumes. When we finally got back to the hotel, we went for a walk, the streets were lit up, lights everywhere and like Shanghai all went off between 10 and 10:30 pm. We drove by some of the hipper neighbourhoods with streets all lit up, so beautiful but unfortunately we were only there for one night, so we could not walk around the streets to enjoy.
The next day we went to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi’an. The gardens were exquisite, there was a peony garden (my favourite flower), it was so beautiful.
Our last stop was the Tang Bo Art Museum, a local folk art museum, with ancient paintings. We got hands-on with brush and ink to create our own calligraphy on rice paper. It was so cool but super hard, it was so much fun.
After our tour we headed to the airport for our flight to Beijing. Stay tuned for the last part of our trip …. with our “side” trip back to Shanghai, for the 1000th F1 race 🏎