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Xian & the Terracotta Army

Xian'e, China

To see the Terracotta Warriors in Xian was probably THE main reason why Dan wanted to visit China. And after seeing them it's now officially the best thing Danny has ever seen. Ever!!! To be honest I wasn't expecting to be as wowed with them as I was. I was looking forward to seeing 'a few statues of the Chinese Army' and that was as much as I'd thought about it but I can't describe just how amazing to see them is. It really is incomprehensible to think that thousands of people spent 45 years creating each Army figure by hand, fired each of them individually & then hand-painted them………all in preparation for when their King was to die. And then bury them!!!!

The city of Xian itself is fab. One of our favourite spots was the Muslim Quarter - it was a bustling area of markets & local people across lots of little streets, but again we mostly loved it for the gorgeous food you could buy! It was a foodie haven……….we ate delicious flat style breads stuffed to the brim with either a meat or veggie filling & deep fried. Wrong, but just so right! Oh and there was a great cake/pastry stall that sold the best peanut brittle which we ashamedly bought about 5 bags of in just 2 days.

Situated just outside of the Muslim Quarter were the Bell & Drum Towers. We managed to see a Drum show one day which was great, and from the top of each of the towers you could see great views across the city.

permalink written by  mich_and_dan_moors on July 13, 2011 from Xian'e, China
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