Of course it weren't any teacups we were going to see, it was the world famous Terracotta Army in Xi'an that was on our list.
Instead of taking a plane and fly from Beijing to Xi'an, we had decided that taking a high speed train would be an interesting experience. Booking a trip on the Chinese high speed train network takes a bit of research, and both my partner and I were very happy that our friend we were visiting took care of the actual reserving, buying and collecting of the tickets. It's all perfectly doable for foreigners, but you really do need to read up on the whole process first!
Only when I started thinking about what to write in the post for this part of the trip, I realized that I hadn't taken any photos of the train station, which was HUGE, nor of anything about the train journey at all. I still find this a bit strange.
After we got settled in our hotel we decided to go for a walk. It would be the first, and the last time that we would actually wear our protective face masks. Rather unexpected to us, the Air Quality Index was much worse than it was during the entire time we stayed in Beijing. I also never thought about how constricting a proper mask would feel like.
We spend the evening strolling through what is called the 'Moslim Quater'. It was a very interesting maze of small alleyways crisscrossing the area. It was also our first visual confirmation that Mainland China is made up of countless ethnicities, all trying (as much as the government allows them) to preserve their original culture and customs.
Personally I was very happy that we seemed to be the only foreign tourists in that area at the time. I say 'foreign tourists' because the Chinese are touring their own country like never before.
The next day we visited the famous site of the Terracotta Warriors. Best advice is to arrive as soon as it opens. That way you can enjoy the place in a nicely quiet way. The later it gets, the more bus loads of people arrive.
I really liked the visit, it is a marvelous site to see. In the museum you can also see replicas of some of the large gold adorned metal items uncovered from the mud. It is definitely worth a visit to get a really close look at the fine details in for instance one of the chariots. Imagining how much time it took to create all of it is simply mind boggling!
On the last day of our stay in Xi'an we rented bicycles and rode on top of the ancient city wall. It's a fun activity and gives you some nice views over the rooftops of the city.
As always all images are © jwamsterdam.com and this time all images are taken and edited only on my iPhone. Hope you like the result of this mobility flexibility experiment, I'm always interested to hear from you!
As an experiment in mobile flexibility this post was created only on my iPhone and iPad Mini 4 with a Bluetooth foldable keyboard. To be honest it's also a test to see if I can rationalize buying a MacBook for the purpose of writing on location. Looks like this rationalizing will be more difficult than I had hoped (-;
Although it must be said that the mobile interface for the CMS of this site is rather cumbersome. So perhaps I may treat myself on a MacBook yet...