Terracotta Army in Xi’an

Not exactly food, but these photos definitely deserve some server and bandwidth space. This is perhaps, 1 of 2 reasons why I visited Xi’an in the first place!

Terracotta Pit 1 - 1

Terracotta Pit 1 - 1

What you’re seeing here (Pit 1, 2, 3 and 4 – although there’s nothing in Pit 4) took 720,000 people a lifetime to build. Dubbed the “8th Wonder of the World”, this is brought to you by the same dude (Emperor Qin) who brought you and to this world: printing, paper, gunpowder, fireworks, compass, kites and the Great Wall of China. Dayum. He’s good.

Terracotta Pit 1 - 2

Terracotta Pit 1 - 2

Terracotta Pit 1 - 3

Terracotta Pit 1 - 3

You see that warrior on the far right? Isn’t it amazing how the yellow on is collar is still there after all these years? 90% of all the colour fade once these warriors are exposed to the air when dug out.

In the same photo, on the far left this time … you see that empty space between the warriors? My tour guide told me that that’s where Pablo Wendel stood when he snuck in dressed like one of them (I heard about the news when I was still working in Shanghai) … but looking back at the YouTube video, he was standing at the last row! My tour guide is a liar! But I think it was that area anyway … and if she hadn’t mention this German student, I wouldn’t have remembered.

Terracotta Pit 2

Terracotta Pit 2

Pit 2 is very small compared to Pit 1 and 3, but it is (or was) apparently the “Command Centre” that mobilizes Pit 1 and 3 … in the case of war in the afterworld.

Terracotta Army Pit 3 - 1

Terracotta Army Pit 3 - 1

This is Pit 3, which archaeologists are still trying to excavate. Most of the pit is covered and the Terracottas are protected from the elements.

And do you see that hole in the middle? That was one of the wells farmers were drilling into back in 1974 and that was how they found out about the Terracotta Army. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

Terracotta Army Pit 3 - 2

Terracotta Army Pit 3 - 2

This museum is definitely worth going to!

Oh, and here’s another picture worth putting it. I took this while scrolling through city-center at night near the Drum Tower. Vendors were selling these kites (at RMB 10 each) that go up to what looks like 100 metres in the air? And while the kites are gliding on top of the Drum Tower, the floodlights from the monument creates a really cool effect on the kites itself … if only the air was a little less polluted!

Xian City Night Scene ... with Kites!

Xian City Night Scene ... with Kites!

Note: Photo taken with a Nikon D60

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2 Responses

  1. amazing pictures!!!
    and you certainly have a great life… of travelling = )

  2. Thanks Suzie! Yah …well, I try to squeeze in some fun during business trips 🙂 You know … live life a little! Life is way too short and I try to forget that by stuffing myself silly with good food every where I go. Please let me know if you’ve got any good finds!

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