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  • Day64

    Xi'an - Terrakotta Armee

    November 3, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Wir haben entschieden uns einer, vom Hostel organisierten, geführten Tour zur wichtigsten Attraktion in Xi’an anzuschließen. Und zwar zur Terrakotta Armee, die für den ersten Kaiser Chinas ca. 221 v.chr. als Beschützer seines Grabes angefertigt wurde. Sehr beeindruckend, doch zum größten Teil liegen die Soldaten noch unter der Erde begraben. Neben Wissenswertem zur Geschichte, gab es auch ein chinesisches Mittagessen. Nach einer langen Rückfahrt wegen Staus (alle Autos dürfen am Samstag fahren - an Wochentagen sind abwechselnd einzelne Nummern ausgeschlossen) kamen wir im Hostel an und tranken noch mit anderen Leuten aus dem Hostel, die wir auf der Tour kennengelernt hatten, ein paar Bier.Read more

  • Day63

    Zugfahrt nach Xi'an

    November 2, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Nach einem leckeren (westlichen) Frühstück im Roftoop Café unseres Hostels in Chengdu, erledigten wir noch einige Dinge und erhielten Tipps von den Angestellten zu unseren weiteren Reiseroute. Mittags ging es dann los zu unserem Zug nach Xi‘an, der alten Hauptstadt Chinas.
    Nach der Ankunft im Hostel, machten wir uns noch auf zu einer kleinen Erkundungstour in der Stadt, vornehmlich im muslimischen Viertel. Dort gibt es sehr viele Streetfood-Stände und Restaurants sowie Geschäfte mit allerlei Dingen, die niemand braucht. Wir haben selbst gemachte Nudeln gegessen sowie eine Suppe mit eingeweichtem Fladenbrot, eine Spezialität dort. Sehr lecker.Read more

  • Day65

    Xi'an - Sightseeing und Flug

    November 4, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Am letzten Tag in Xi’an haben wir uns noch ein wenig die Stadt angeschaut. Neben der kleinen und großen Wildganspagode und der mächtigen Stadtmauer gibt es nicht wirklich mehr zu sehen. Es war jedoch schön den Spaziergang durch die Stadt zu unternehmen. 😎
    An der Wildganspagode wurden wir von einer Gruppe chinesischer Mädels angesprochen. Zunächst war nicht klar, was sie wollten, da sie uns auf chinesisch zugetextet haben. Jedoch mit dem Translator konnten sie dann sagen, dass sie gerne ein Bild von einem Geldschein aus unserem Heimatland machen möchten. Zufälligerweise hatten wir noch einen Euroschein und so machten wir dann auch noch ein Bild mit Ihnen zusammen. 😊 Wazu das diente war uns dennoch nicht klar. 🤷‍♂️ Natürlich mussten wir auch sonst mal wieder mit Chinesen posieren.
    Am interessantesten in Xi‘an ist das Essen mit handgemachten Nudeln, Teigtaschen und Fladenbrot sowie das durch den muslimischen Einfluss geprägte Viertel. Ansonsten ist uns aufgefallen, dass es extrem viele Handy- und Modegeschäfte gibt, die vermutlich alle Fake-Händler sind (5 Apple Stores im gleichen Viertel ist ein bisschen viel 😆) . Außerdem war die Luftqualität bisher die schlechteste, man konnte den Smog deutlich sehen.
    Am Abend hieß es dann weiter nach Lijiang, diesmal im Flugzeug, da es leider keine wirklich gute Alternative gab.
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  • Day11

    At the Terracotta Warriors

    April 3, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Now this is a huge operation. Visited by some 3.5 million yearly. Fascinating exhibit. Spent about 3 hrs here. Tons of pics here.,109.273056&q=Terracotta Army&_ext=EiQp4XoUrkcxQUAxgH7fv3lRW0A54XoUrkcxQUBBgH7fv3lRW0A=Read more

  • Day10

    Excelsior International Hotel - Xian

    April 2, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Jessica is our tour guide for Xian. She talked non stop on the way from the airport. Hotel is awesome. Gate1 is knocking it out of the park with these hotels. We checked in and then we went out for a bit to explore street vendors. Great time. Ended up in a noodle shop slurping big bowls of noodles and drinking local beer. A stop at the pharmacy to pick up drugs as many folks are coming down with colds.Read more

  • Day11

    At the terracotta warrior factory

    April 3, 2019 in China ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Where they make replicas of the terra-cotta warriors, the way they were originally made. Interesting visit. Did a video of how they were made - will have to post that later. Also bought a small one for myself. Then saw some beautiful lacquer finished furniture with inlays

  • Day12

    to Xian airport - flight to Beijing

    April 4, 2019 in China ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Had to have luggage out last night at 10:30 after we got back from the dinner theater. Breakfast at 5:45. Flight at 9 am

    Arrived airport at 7:40am. Onboard at 8:36. Landed at 11:05 am. Had some yogurt onboard The Chinese have the most delicious tasting yogurt. Sweeter than ours back home.

    3 nights in Beijing coming up. Looking pretty smoggy at the airport as we land around 11am
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  • Oct17

    Arrival in Xi An (Pronounced Shee Ahn)

    October 17, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We are in China is ancient capital of Xi’an. The Chin dynasty was founded here 200 years before Christ. It is from the name “Chin” that the word China is derived. Not only that dynasty but also the Han and the Tang dynasties made this city their capital. The Chin sold silk to Roman emperors for their togas. The Han have China the characters they still write. The Tang presided over an unbelievably enlightened period when women could be Emperor. There is even an ancient work of art showing women playing polo. The Dark Ages were dark only in Europe. Our hotel, the Hyatt Regency, is yet another palace.Read more

  • Oct18

    The Concubine Empress

    October 18, 2019 in China ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Tonight we saw a most spectacular dinner and ballet. At the Shanxi Tourism Group’s magnificent dinner theater we enjoyed delicacies including prawns, spiced beef and rice wine from the first nation to have its own cuisine. The choreography, live orchestral music and opulent costumes dazzled our senses. The Xi An Tang Dynasty Company presented in music and dance a visually stunning performance of the story of Empress Wu Ze Tian, based on historical events. At the age of fourteen in the year 637 Mei Nyang moves to the imperial palace to become one of several hundred imperial concubines. She attracts the attention of Tang Emperor Tai Zong, and her life is changed forever. She commits an infraction resulting in her imprisonment, but later during a battle, she is injured while attempting to save the wounded emperor’s life. Through her wisdom and diplomacy she wins the king’s heart to become his favorite wife and chief counselor. Emperor Tai Zong dies in 690 AD, and at the age of 57 Mei Nyang becomes China’s first woman emperor and assumes the royal name Wu Ze Tian ( Throughout her wise reign China enjoyed a period of unprecedented prosperity. What a wonderful way to spend our last night in China’s ancient capital!Read more

  • Day8

    Terracotta Warriors

    September 4, 2019 in China ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Exciting day today, and one that I'd been looking forward to for a long time! We'd heard it was best to get there as early as possible, so it was again an early start, catching the subway underneath our hotel to the main station and then picking up a bus from there. Although the Warriors are synonymous with Xi'an, they're actually about 60km outside the city, which made for an hour-long bus ride.

    Picked our way through the carparks and stalls, bought our tickets, and headed on in.

    The official name for the site is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, and he's the guy who was buried nearby (not actually here with the army). His name was Qin Shi Huang, and he was essentially the first emperor of China, having unified the earlier kingdoms in 221 BC. When he died in 203 BC, his burial was enormous, and his nearby tomb is essentially a scale model of his capital city, Chang'an (these days Xi'an).

    This scale model is complete with buildings, palaces, canals and waterways, lakes, and of course a garrison, and this is where the Terracotta Army was found. It's actually a few kilometres away from the tomb itself, and isn't so much to guard the emperor in the afterlife as it's a representation of one part of his world when he died. It must have been standard practice, as the records of the burial don't even mention the army, and it was completely unknown until the random discovery by farmers digging a well in 1974.

    The first room you enter is an enormous aircraft hanger type building, with the army stretching out in columns in front of you. It's very striking. The front rows are all arranged in neat lines, glaring forward while behind them the columns stretch into the distance. As you spend an hour doing a lap of the huge pit, you realise how little has actually been excavated - even now there are teams of people digging and cataloguing. About 6000 figures have been found, though only about 2000 have been assembled, which is also something that dawns on you. What you're looking at are rebuilds - other sections are just piles of fragments where the figures haven't been put back together yet. What a painstaking task.

    Outside, we headed for pit two where there was much less to see in the actual pits, but you could see (behind glass) some of the figures up close. There was an archer, a regular soldier, and a high-ranking general, and it was fascinating to see the detail in their armour and facial features. It's said that no two figures are exactly alike, and I'm sure that's true though slightly less impressive when you remember they aren't working from moulds - everything is done by hand. And they were originally brightly painted too!

    Pit three had a small chariot house, complete with horses, and is the only completely excavated pit. It was interesting enough, but we then headed for the exhibition hall where you can see a prize find - a pair of bronze scale models of what's believed to be the emperor's funeral cortege. Exquisite detailing on the horses, which were ornately decorated as well which was very impressive.

    Happy with our morning, we emerged from the darkness of the exhibition hall into a heavy downpour! First one we've seen in China. Waited a few minutes for it to blow over, before we scurried back to the carpark via an immense shopping and dining precinct. Thankfully I've learned the Chinese for "do not want", which comes in handy. Annoyingly, they don't actually have a simple word for "no" - saying no is entirely about context. For example, "is it raining" "is this yours" and "do you want breakfast" can all be answered in English with "no", but in Chinese all of those would have a different way of answering in the negative.

    Anyway. Got the bus back to Xi'an, though we couldn't find the return of the bus we'd caught. My maps app said we could also catch a similar bus, but it turned out to be a local bus that ended up taking 20 minutes longer while it waited to pick up passengers in all the various towns along the way.

    Back in Xi'an we grabbed a quick lunch and then headed south of the city walls to our second World Heritage site of the day. The enormous Silk Road that stretched across China and central Asia to the Middle East and Europe had its terminus in Xi'an, and there are a couple of relevant buildings in the city to check out. First up for us was the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist temple from the 700s AD. As silks and spices flowed west along the road, ideas like Buddhism came east, and it was around here that Buddhism really took hold in China.

    It was a lovely peaceful spot, with gardens and a nice tall slender pagoda, though difficult to film thanks to overcast skies. From here we headed to the other component of the WHS in Xi'an, the Large Wild Goose Pagoda. Slightly newer than the Smaller pagoda, this was also an important Buddhist shrine. A famous Chinese monk named Xuanzang spent 10 years travelling to India, meditating and learning along the way. By the time he returned he was famous, and the Pagoda was built to house the important texts and relics he brought back - some of which are still there.

    This one was a lot larger and felt a lot more commercialised since it's basically in the middle of the city. But it was still nice enough and we enjoyed the visit. Tired, we headed back to the hostel and grabbed some meat skewers for dinner.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Shaanxi, Sjaanxi, شنشي, Правінцыя Шэньсі, Шънси, ཧྲའན་ཞི་ཞིང་ཆེན།, Siēng-să̤, Šen-si, Ŝenŝjio, شاآنشی, Province de Shaanxi, 陝西, Sám-sî, שאאנשי, शान्शी, Senhszi, Շենսի, 陝西省, შენსი, 산시 성, Xensia, Šaansi, Šaaņsji, ഷാങ്സി, Шэньси муж, षान्शी, Siám-sai-séng, ਸ਼ੈਨਸ਼ੀ, شانسی, Shaanxi pruwinsya, Шэньси, Шенси, ஷாங்ஷி மாகாணம், มณฑลส่านซี, Şensi, شېنشى ئۆلكىسى, Шеньсі, Shensi, Thiểm Tây, Chånxi, 陕西省, Sanjsih, 陕西

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