I’m now in Xi’an which, like Pingyao, is a city surrounded by an ancient wall. Xi’an was the capital of China thousands of years ago, but today it is famous for the Terra Cotta Warriors. The Terra Cotta Warriors were only recently discovered, in 1974, by a farmer digging a well. There were originally 8,000 warriors, each made by hand and unique (no warrior has the same face), which were buried with the emperor to protect him in the afterlife. Today this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China. As with any tourist attraction in China, it was extremely crowded and commercialized, but amazing nonetheless. [read on]
Archive for July, 2007
At least in my opinion.
We left Beijing last night around 11:30pm, an hour and a half later than our scheduled departure time, on the way to Pingyao, a small traditional Chinese town several hundred kilometers south west of Beijing. We thought we had 2nd class sleeper bunks, but we didn’t. We had 3rd class hard seats. Third class is always a little chaotic as it’s often standing room only and jam packed and the train to Pingyao was no exception. I’ve done quite a bit of train travel, but I’ve never seen anything quite like the insanity of boarding a train in China. [read on]