After taking a train for 34 hours and visiting Chengdu, it was time to travel to our next destination in China.
We were headed for the Terracotta Warriors.
So that meant traveling to Xi’an, which is an incredibly beautiful city by itself.
Falling for Xi’an
Xi’an was the third city on our tour around China.
We had already visited Shanghai and Chengdu and were still planning on going to Beijing.
And while each of those cities had something unique and beautiful to offer, there was something about Xi’an that made me appreciate it most of all. The city felt kinda ancient, as if time had stood still. And as you can read in my post about Riga, I’m a little in love with cities that have an old and timeless charm.
And boy, does Xi’an have that kind of charm.
As the oldest city of The Four Great Ancient Capitals in China (the others are Beijing, Nanjing and Luoyang), Xi’an served as the Chinese capital during some of the most important dynasties in the history of China. It is also the starting point of the Silk Road and it has been since around the 1st century BCE.
Like I said, ancient.
And even though Xi’an has definitely become a modern metropolitan city, I have to admit that I kinda forgot to pay attention to that. I was too busy taking in the many amazing historical sites, which are without a doubt Xi’an’s main appeal.
We wallowed at the beautiful City Wall, visited the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, enjoyed ourselves at the Drum and Bell Towers, and had a great meal in the Muslim Quarter.
I even tried a fried banana, which seemed kinda weird at first but was actually freakin’ delicious!
The Terracotta Army
Of course, the main event of our trip to Xi’an was the Terracotta Army.
But was is the Terracotta Army exactly?
I’d personally describe it as a sort of funerary art that was bestowed with an important spiritual meaning.
When the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, died and was buried in 210-209 BCE, the Terracotta Army was buried with him. The many different terracotta sculptures depict Qin Shi Huang’s armies and it was their true purpose to protect their emperor in his afterlife.
It’s all really impressive. Crazy even, because the sheer amount of terracotta warriors is sooooooo enormous. I could not even begin to fathom what it would be like to be buried with one of the Terracotta Warriors, let alone being buried with every single one of them.
And I gotta admit… The photos I took don’t do the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and its Terracotta Army justice, so I recommend you go visit it yourself when you ever find yourself in China. It’s most definitely worth it!
All in all, I really liked my visit to Xi’an and the Terracotta Army.
But it was time to go see Beijing!
Little did I know then that soon I would have to conquer one of my biggest fears…
Would you want to be buried with an entire army of Terracotta Warriors?
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