Wednesday, January 4, 2012

China Day 14, Part 1 - Terracotta Warriors

Our last day in China was a day of sightseeing.  We were given a wonderful tour of the nearby site where the Xi'an Terracotta Warriors were discovered back in the 1970s.  They have enclosed the areas where they are still digging them up and restoring them, turning it into a very large working museum.  Here is a model of the site and the surrounding mountains:

Some reading material for you:

Pictures of lots and lots of Terracotta Warriors and their beautiful horses:

Here is a bronze chariot drawn by four bronze horses:

The surrounding countryside is beautiful and peaceful - the perfect place to be buried with clay models of all of your friends and associates.

The site of our last lazy susan feast:

Some pictures from the bus window on the way back to our hotel.  I guess it's extra convenience to have the power supply so near to where you live!?!!


Meghann said...

Wow, we have a nuclear plant here, but it's a good 20-30 miles away, and that makes me nervous enough!

The warriors are really cool, though. Looks like a fun way to end the trip.

Cyndy said...

The last day was one of my favorite days in China. The only thing missing was a concert!

Bowie Mike said...

Wow! I haven't been keeping up with the blogs lately. What a super special trip!

Kristin said...

I've always wanted to see the warriors! I studied the history of traditional Chinese civilization in college as an American history credit (don't ask) and was hooked by the very idea of them.

Cyndy said...

Mike - I decided that I needed to reactivate myself blogging-wise so that I won't forget how lucky I was to be able to go on this tour.

Kristen - the very idea of them is pretty amazing. I really regretted not going to the exhibit when it was here in DC, but hey, I got to see the real thing, in China!