Hong Kong (Xi’An) Day 16 (January 9, 2006)

11 01 2006

Terracotta warriors!

Today we were going to get to see the famous Terracotta warriors! I was excited.  We had to do some other things first, but THEN it would be the Terracotta warriors!

We headed out first to a Museum which housed some relics.  It turns out these relics were 6000 years old.  There was a fishing village near where the museum was, and the remains of the village were from 6000 years ago.  http://www.chinamuseums.com/ban_po.htm There were excellent examples of pottery, and many of them had very good designs.  One had a fish:

There were also some very fine articles, such as these bone needles:

We also saw shards of pottery with writing on them.  The oldest known written letters!

From the museum, we headed off to the terracotta factory.  At the factory we learned how they made the warriors, and some of the basic principles in their construction.  Then – it was sales time.  Salespeople descended upon us, and were right there with you to make sure that every possible answer was given to any question you might ask.  If you even looked at something with interest the salesperson told you all about the article’s virtues, inside and out.  A bit annoying.  We purchased a book about the terracotta army, and some replica figurines for the home.  Then we were glad to get out!

Our next stop was the Huaquing pools.  It had been originally built over 3000 years ago, by King Youwang of the Zhou dynasty and was at the time known as the Lishan Palace.  Later Emperor Shihuang built a home, and called it the Goddess Hot Springs.  Emperor Wendi of the Sui Dynasty extended it, and Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty built halls around them.  Later in 1936, the Xi’An incident saw Chiang Kai Shek arrested by his own troops.   Bullet holes in the wall and window from the Incident:

The area was large, and apparently they only have restored/unearthed 10% of the original area.  The ancient palace grounds were huge!  One of the famous items at the grounds was a statue of Xuanzong’s concubine, Yang, as she was known as one of the four most beautiful people in all of China:

Interestingly, one of the things that had many people’s attention was the fact that the pool with the statue of Yang had frozen almost solid, and as such the goldfish were in peril of being frozen in ice.  It was comical watching people try to catch the goldfish, and rescue them from their icy death:

After lunch, it was out to see the Terracotta army.  I can’t even begin to describe it in words, or in pictures.  It is truly stunning!  Soldiers, Generals, Chariot drivers, Archers, Horses.  Every single one of them each had their own individual facial expressions, and hair styles. There are over 7000 of them! There is so much on the ‘Net about the army, so I would encourage you to head to the various sites to see more information. http://www.google.ca/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2005-44,GGLG:en&q=terracotta+army  Here’s a couple of pictures to pique your interest:

More are available at the blog: http://www.fotothing.com/dragonspeed/photo/97791d68cc109bed6bf4568292625cf3/

2 hours of terracotta army,and we were off again.  This time, we were going to the Xi’An wall, A 25km rectangular wall which encircles the core of Xi’An.  We arrived as the afternoon was waning.  It made for some good pictures, which I hope to post one day later.  After a few pictures, we went inside, and were given a talk about Feng Shui, and how the various things affect peoples lives, particularly the dragons,lions and dogs that are used to protect homes and buildings in China.  Then it all came out… That was a sales pitch to get ready to sell you little jade, quartz, and amethyst dog statues.  Oh My GOD!  Again!  I am getting tired of a trip to something being really a cheap excuse to sell me something.  I was looking forward to some history about the wall, and the history of the city. No. Sales.  Nothing but.

The sour taste left in my mouth from the sales pitch was covered by the delicious dinner that night.  We had about 16 different types of dumplings.  Each course contained one dumpling/person.  Just as we finished one up they brought the next tray.  It was delicious.  They even shaped the dumplings like little rabbits etc.  Fun!

After dinner we headed home, and it was time to get on the ‘Net and update the blog, and the  pics.

Remember..  More pictures at http://www.fotothing.com/dragonspeed/photo/97791d68cc109bed6bf4568292625cf3/




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10 01 2008
Summary of my Hong Kong/China vacation trip blog entries « Brian Hampson - Life and Other Things

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