12.11.2012 67 °F
My alarm rang at an almost impossible hour - 4:15 for a 4:45 departure to Xi'an. About 1/2 our tour opted to fly
to Xi'an (Western Peace) specifically to see the Terra-Cotta Warriors. I also wanted to see the area because I've always been fascinated by the Silk Route and Xi'an was the military & trading base for SR. In 755 the city was the largest, most cosmopolitan settlement in the world. Do you have any idea what were doing in Europe at the same time? Not so much.
Given the short amount of time we had, I was annoyed that we stopped at the folkart museum. I didn't pay the extra money to see art - I wanted to see the Terra-Cotta Warriors. To my surprise, not only did we get a brief history of folk art and were introduced to calligraphy.
My feeble attempts
After lunch, we again make another stop & most of us are starting to look at our watches as we fly back to Shanghai tonight and the Terra-Cotta Warriors are no where in sight. This time we stop at the city wall or chengqiang (city wall, I think.) The City Wall was built by order of Zhu Yuanzhang; the same ruler who started The Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Soliders.
FINALLY - we are at the Terra Cotta Warrior pits! Awesome! It's hard to explain the reaction but I felt as tho the warriors could suddenly awaken and the horses begin to run. Thousands of these live-sized figures were created over 40 years by roughly 700,000 workers about 210 BC. Yes, BC.
What a day - worth every exhausting minute. We returned to Shanghai about midnight and to our hotel at 1:00AM - & tomorrow we begin our flight home.