Overnight train to Xi’an where an acquaintance, Frank, was waiting with my name on a piece of paper. He’s a very cool guy and ran a large tourism operation during the Olympics composed of college students. Really exceptional host and person. This is his hometown and he welcomed me to his flat, took me to some great local food, and set me up today to venture to the terracotta warriors.
The warriors are arranged in three pits, the largest with 6,000 figures and horses in various stages of restoration. This area is the cradle of Chinese civilization and the county probably gets its name from one of the ruling dynasties here, of which 11 are said to have been based including the first emperor of unified China whom left the warriors as a testament. I’m having one sent home to guard the yard from gnomes.
The crowds are overwhelming sometimes. Here’s the train station leaving Xi’an:
Also spotted in Xi’an: