We are in the center of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, which has a wall around it from the Ming dynasty (~500yrs ago). Over the weekend we did some sightseeing before the lectures at three different universities start on Monday.
A popular attraction a bustling street in the Muslim quarter, loaded with vendors from the Hui ethnic group selling all kinds of food, and other things.
Today we went to see the impressive terra cotta warriors about an hour east of the city. The army of pottery soldiers guarding the tomb of the emperor of the first unified Chinese empire is hard to fathom. You can’t help but be amazed by such a unique site. Thousands of individually different soldiers line up in rows excavated from the loamy soil. The level of detail is astounding; each figure has different facial features, hair styles, and uniforms. The main tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang has only been probed in a few spots, and the terra cotta warriors form only a small part of the whole complex.
After our tour, we headed back to the Muslim quarter for a local lamb stew eaten with torn-up bread chunks, a warm and delicious way to revive after a long day of sightseeing.