Monday, November 4, 2013

The Warriors of Xi'an

Drum Tower in Xi'an

We travel to Xi'an in Shaanxi Province, 2.5 hour flight northwest of Shanghai, to visit the warriors, ride bikes around the City Walls,
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Xi'an City Walls built in 1370
 and enjoy the Muslim Quarter.  Muslims have been in Xian since the 7th Century. The Silk Road started in Xi'an. It is a vibrant mix of cultures and religions.
Jeanie in front of Xi'an City Wall
Ken at the the wall
 90 minutes to bike around it
Muslim Quarter
 narrow lanes of food and shops
Xi'an Architecture
In a building the size of an aircraft hanger,
6,000 life-size warriors are contained, 2,000 are displayed

Xi'an's terracotta warriors are called the 8th Wonder of the World.  This is one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world.  And the amazing thing is that this 200-year- before-Christ-army-of -warriors was only discovered in 1974 by some farmers who were trying to dig a well!

No two faces are alike
Archaeologists are still uncovering pieces
Warriors created to guard
Emperor Qin's tomb

Emperor Qin had the warriors, horses and chariots created as he probably believed that was going to rule in death as he did in life. (He died in 210 B.C.) The First Emperor Qin ruled for 36 years, and although he unified China and created an efficient government: standardized measurements, money, and built about 4,000 miles of roads and canals, he enslaved thousands of people.

Horses, and 35 wooden chariots were found
 chariots have since disintegrated

These bronze horses and chariot were discovered 20 meters west of Emperor Qin's tomb
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the Lord our God."  Psalm 20:7

Next Up: Colorful Jiuzhaigou

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