Day 10: Xi’An & Terracotta

By: Arnold Cheung

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The Ancient City Wall of Xi’an, built some 2000 years ago and stretching 13.7 kilometres, was quite a sight to behold. Looking up at the might of the 12 metre high walls and numerous watch towers, we were in awe of the impressive structural integrity of these structures built so long ago as a defense mechanism for the ancient capital city of Xi’an. Today, the wall stands as one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in the world and a major tourist attraction.

IMG_4480We were delighted to have the chance to bike along this architectural and historical landmark. It was truly a unique experience, cycling along the walls that ancient soldiers used to patrol and viewing the modern Xi’an city line. We completed the 1.5 hour adventure, making sure to stop by for many scenic photos along the way. The 4 gates of the city walls, the beautiful watch towers, and the surrounding moat were some of our favourite photo shoot backgrounds. Many of us capped off our time at the wall with souvenir gifts.

All in all, our time at the Ancient City Wall of Xi’an was genuinely phenomenal. We felt immersed in a part of Chinese history, marvelled at the impressive structural feat of our ancestors, and got a good work out from it as well!

By Wing Kei Chin

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IMG_4481The site of the Terracotta Warriors is the tomb of the first Chinese Empire (Qin Shi Huang) and his soldiers.  The tomb was buried underground for more than 2000 years. There are three pits that are open to public. The first pit is where the front soldiers are. It is the size of three soccer fields. It is very grand and very shocking to see that many soldiers. There are at least 800 soldiers in there.

IMG_4482The second pit is where the horses and carriers are in place. It is a work-in-progress, as the museum is still digging, so there is not much to see. The third pit is the command room where the officers have their discussion on the battlefield.

IMG_4474IMG_4479Going around the Terracotta Warriors, we can see that our ancestors are very intelligent. Using techniques that are invented in the last 100 to 200 years to build this grand tomb. We modern humans need to learn from them.

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