Xi’an, China

Pronounced ‘she-an’ and famous for the Terocotta Warriors (some statues off of the olden days). They are just  an hour’s bus ride down the road and everyone bangs on about them. Wikitravel/Lonely Planet et all wax lyrical about the wonder of them; (i’ll summerize:) some crazily vain/paranoid dude built them to protect him in the afterlife, then drank mercury to speed up the death process. They are an absolute wonder, more so as they were only discover in the 1970’s as some farmers dug a well. They are all also all carved individually and have their own features, and are one of the most famous excavations in the world. And yes, after more than 2 mins and a few pic of each,  they are mind numbingly dull! Honestly, it was on par with the Colombian police museum and some caves I once visited in Sardina for the award for most overpriced snooze (well, £11.00.)

Xian is also famous for it’s city wall. Andi (he’s back) and I hire bicycles for $20 yuan (£2) for 90 mins, one of Andi’s bright ideas. I should mention that abosultely everything in China is of colossal scale. Cities are huge and what looks like a centimetre on the nice little map is in fact a kilometre or so peddling in the brisk freezing winter air. I tried to talk him into a tandom so I could sit at the back and fake peddling but he deemed it ridiculous. Spoilsport. What’s more is, we make it half an hour around, almost to the North Gate and the Train Station (we are there to book the sleeper train a day in advance) and classic fail; the wall is blocked for renovation?! We turn back having only conquered a fraction of it, but both a bit secretly relieved. There was a point were we thought it might extend all the way to The Daddy of All walls. Spot my seamless transition hey…into Beijing.

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