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Oct 12, 2018 - The Warriors, at last!

On our budget trip, we had expected to be taken to shopping outlets but it certainly hadn’t been excessive up to now - that changed today! Our first visit was to a jade factory to learn about the different types of jade and to see how it was crafted by the artisans to transform a single piece of stone into a work of art. The presentation and workshop were very interesting and informative, but the objective was to have us spend in the showroom. There was a great range of excellent items to choose from and - mostly - we didn’t feel too...

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A Chinese Odyssey

Oct 11, 2018 - Transit day

A pretty quiet day today, which was just as well for us. Four of our group finished their tour today, and departed for the airport after breakfast. Two more were due to fly out during the afternoon, while the remaining six of us had a flight to Xi’an in the evening. So our day was focussed on flights and nothing much else. Ray woke with little relief from the back spasm that bothered him for most of yesterday and Angela had a badly irritated throat. So we decided to take a walk to see if we could work out the spasm and find a pharmacy at...

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A Chinese Odyssey

May 25, 2018 - Cultural capital of China Xi’an

Xi’an is the ancient capital of China, still surrounded by its original brick wall, built 1,100 years ago. We enjoy a wonderful couple of hours cycling 16 kms around the top of the wall on a glorious early summer day despite the misgivings of the girl hiring out the bikes. “How old are you?” You must be very careful. Are you sure you can ride this far?” We later learned that everyone, no exceptions, loses their driving licence at 65. Necessary to ensure congestion won’t increase too much with all the young people wanting licences. Those...

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Oct 30, 2017 - The Terracotta Wariors - Xian

2000 soldiers excavated in pit one alone, only 80 artists every piece signed for quality control. Another 400 still buried here but now there is new techology to preserve the originol colours so are excavating again. Overall there are 400 pits in the area, three of which another 2000 warriors but only excavated to the “roof” so as to preserve them. Only one intact soldier found - the archer. 116 saddld horses found only in pit 2 clearly v well planned. Pit 3 was headquarters w diff lines od soldiers facing each other not battle formation...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Terra cotta warriors in Xian

Xian was great except it rained hard all day long. I am a bit overwhelmed with the mass of humanity everywhere we go . The traffic, crowds pushing shoving. We got to the warrior sight right when it opened with prepared tickets (a perk of a tour) and still there were really long lines. The warriors themselves were very impressive and the museum amazing. Hazel

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Aug 30, 2017 - Xi'an, Shaannxi province

Xi'an in central China was the capital to' 13 dynasties including the time of the Silk Road so formed the starting (or ending) point. Until 1974 is was a middling size Chinese city with an auspicious history and the best preserved city Wall in China but it all changed one day in that year when a farmer digging a well just caught the corner by inches of what turned out to be the major archeological find of the late twentieth century: the 'Terracotta Warrior' mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor Quinshihuang built in the third century BC. For...

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Nov 7, 2016 - Xian deel 2

Vandaag naar de Pagode van de Wilde Gans geweest. Mooie tempel met indrukwekkend vakmanschap van koper- en houtbewerking. Daarnaast ook een heel mooie boulevard met prachtige bronzen beelden. Bij de lunch voor het eerst zogenaamde hotpot gehad. Viel eigenlijk een beetje tegen. 's Middags door de moslimwijk gewandeld met allerlei stalletjes met kitsch blingbling waar de Chinezen zelf kapot van zijn. De lokale slager en bakker waren ook interessant straks met de nachttrein naar Nanjing. Kijken hoe dat bevalt.

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Nov 6, 2016 - In Xian

Vandaag een van de hoogtepunten van de reis gezien, het beroemde Terra Cottaleger. Aanvankelijk wilde de gestoorde keizer Qin dat een leger van 8.800 levende soldaten met hem begraven zou worden, maar dat hebben ze hem uit het hoofd weten te praten en zo gebeurde het dat 800.000 arbeiders 37 jaar gewerkt hebben aan dit leger van klei dat samen met hem op een gebied van 56 km2 is begraven. Heel indrukwekkend. 's Avonds weer een paar heerlijke nieuwe specialiteiten bij het diner gehad en nog een paar pilsje gedronken met een Belgisch/Duits...

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Nov 5, 2016 - Van Pingyao naar Xian

Vandaag met de hoge snelheidtrein naar Xian, de vroegere hoofdstad van China. Met 300 km/u comfortabel reizen zonder kedeng kedeng of vierkante wielen. 's Middags over de dikke muren gelopen. Minder indrukwekkend dan Pingyao maar dat kwam ook omdat je weinig zag door de smog. Daarna nog even wandelen en fitnessen met de lokale bevolking. Na het eten even een rustige avond en vroeg naar bed.

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Jul 27, 2016 - Xi'an et son armée de soldats en terracotta

Après notre première ride en train grand vitesse chinois, nous voilà arrivé à Xi'an. Avec une station de métro directement sous la gare ferroviaire, c'est pas mal facile de se rendre à notre Hostel qui est juste à côté des remparts de la vieille ville. On découvre tristement que seul les remparts existent encore mais que son contenu a tout été jeter à terre pour faire place à des bâtiments modernes. Un peu triste mais le modèle chinois du modernisme prends souvent le dessus sur la préservation de son héritage historique. Le but premier de...

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Apr 19, 2016 - XIAN

Had a problem getting here no fast train so had to tahke the slow one. Took 15 hours left Nanjing 12:49 got here 4 am. Was a good trip seated with the locals there was a group of six and one young university student who could speak English. They and a lady in the next seat were very interested in where I came from and why I wanted to visit China. While waiting for the train at Nanjing I was helped by a very atractive young girl because Nanjing is smaller than most of my previous stations they only put up the train number up on a stand...

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Europe BY RAIL 2012

Dec 18, 2015 - Xi'An

Virg part avec Tracey, sa collègue mais surtout amie, a Xi'An pour 3 jours laissant toutes les deux mari et enfants. Xi'An est classée au patrimoine mondiale de l'humanité par l'Unesco. On y vient surtout pour découvrir la fameuse armée de terre cuite enterrée: tant de warriors! Mais on se laissera aussi séduire par le quartier musulman ("heritage des caravaniers qui transportaient la soir en occident") et sa jolie mosquée. Et puis au bord d'un tuk tuk, nous irons plus loin visiter la petite et grande pagode de l'oie sauvage, le magnifique...

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