Today we visit the famous Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin. Originally four
armies were planned, at each point of the compass, life-size and lifelike.
Three have been found and it is assumed the emperor's successors decided
enough was enough before the fourth was begun. The first pit excavated had an
estimated 6,000 figures in its one army. The third pit has been opened to the
public, which contains the 'command post' for the entire operation. This is
one of China's great tourist attractions, and some people may find the sheer
numbers of visitors rather overpowering.
After our visit we will take our lunch at a local farmer's restaurant nearby
with the opportunity to taste some fresh seasonal produce, home-made noodles
and bread. The rest of the afternoon and evening is left free to relax. It is
possible to hire bikes (optional) and cycle on the city walls to appreciate
the sheer scale of these constructions. There is also the opportunity to
attend an evening performance of the Tang Dynasty Show; a performance of the
region's ancient music with accompanying dance.
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