Out with a Bang

file6Today was our last day in Xi’an. We began the day by visiting “the 8th wonder of the world”: the Terracotta Warriors. Although most people might not know what they are by their name, the Terracotta Warriors are very famous and have been featured in several American and Chinese made films. The Terracotta Warriors are statues of Chinese soldiers that depict the armies of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who was only 13 when he became emperor. They were created to protect him in the after life. Each statue stands two meters tall and each has a unique facial expression. There are a total of eight thousand of them, however after the end of the Ching dynasty, the aggravated people of China, who were mistreated by their last emperor, broke into the tomb and smashed every single one into pieces. Today archeologists are re-piecing the soldiers together, however it takes between two to three years just to put one together. However, we were able to see a lot of them, including some of horses too. It was a such a cool experience because I remember seeing them in cartoons when I was young and I never thought I’d get the chance to actually see them in person. After we left the museum we went to the City Wall of Xi’an, which similarly to the Great Wall was built to keep out the Mongols. The wall was in the shape of a square, incapsulating what used to be the entirety of Xi’an. The wall stretched 8 miles long and we actually got the chance to ride bikes along it. Most of us, including myself, biked the entirety of the wall. We finished the day with dinner that Professor Li graciously provided for us!

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