Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors.

The terracotta warriors were only discovered in 1974 by a local farmer looking to dig a well. What a find! Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, begun to work on his mausoleum which took 11 years to finish. He chose this particular province due to its Feng Shui properties.

Each warrior is said to be unique, yet only one was found intact out of all the thousands they have discovered when they started to excavate in the seventies. He is now known as a good luck symbol. Was so fascinating to see, that for so many years it lay just below the surface… local people dug graves just a mere meter above it all for centuries!

Went back into Xi’an city afterwards and took a good stroll for a couple of hours through the streets. Quite different to Beijing here. Walked down what was the paper street… large reams being brought in by bicycle and chopped down with guillotines and also walked down the beauty supplies street. Stopped off at the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower too…

Off to Shanghai in the morning, then home. Can’t believe a month has gone just like that!

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