Another one of those big days that life throws at you…today we get up close and personal with the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors.
The weather gods had been kind to us once again, the sun had reappeared and the skies were blue once again.
En-route to the Terracotta Warriors, we stopped off at a factory that made models of the warriors and horses, from tiny desktop ones to full size adults. It was interesting to watch the artists at work.
We then arrived at the main attraction. The whole area was set against a backdrop of mountains which was stunning and I couldn’t wait to get inside and see the warriors with my own eyes.
The sight that greeted me didn’t disappoint. The main thing that hit me was the sheer scale of the excavation. It was probably the size of two football pitches, if not more. There was a sea of soldiers and horses that stretched out before me, it was a sight to behold. The were also many areas still being excavated with more statues being discovered by the day. We continued to explore two further areas of excavation, again the size of several football pitches and then took a moment at the local tea house to take it all in. Unforgettable.
After a delicious dinner we set off for a night tour of Xian. This proved to be an unexpected treat. At night, the whole town is lit up, an amazing sight. One of the highlights was watching the largest fountain show in the world. This was set to music with different coloured lights beaming across the water jets. Something I have quickly discovered over the last few days is that when China decides to do something, it does it BIG! The fountain show was no exception.
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped off at the South Gate of the ancient city wall which was again lit up and acted as a magical backdrop. There we came across a large group of local people dancing the night away in a square. There appeared to be no rhyme nor reason for it, but simply to dance. There were all age groups from 20 something’s to elderly couples. It really was a great way to end the night and our stay in Xian.
The lunch stop was interesting as we saw fresh noodles being made, which proved to be delicious. I also had toffee potatoes which were a revelation…I’ll be trying those out at home.
Seeing the sheer scale of the Terracotta Warriors up close and the unexpected light, music and fountain display in the evening.