Day 12: Touring China by Bicycle;
Today, We Visit Xian's Terracotta Warrior Army,
Drum Tower, Bell Tower, and Ancient Bazaar
(of the Muslim Market from the Silk Road Days).
[Xian in English is pronounced Shee-on]
Terracotta Warrior Army, Xian, China.
Bell Tower of Xian, China.
Gateway to Xian's Muslim Bazaar (maybe dating back to the ancient Silk Road trading times).
Day 12 Begins
Above Left: Terracotta Army Site's Ticket/Visitor/Entranc Line. Lots of security around here, it is re-assuring.
Above Right: Where the Emperor's Chariot was dug up. The buildings with roofs are just the entrance, the big wall is the Front of the Main Building (its HUGE) and is the 2nd largest building. The Terracotta Army is under the largest roof (I'm guessing 12 acres, about 3x4 Football Fields!)
Xian was the Beginning or the Ending of the Great Silk Road Trade Route (which more or less went to Verona, Italy). Xian is where Marco Polo met the Emperor of China, Kublai Khan (of Mongolian Yuan Dynasty), probably in the late 1200s.
Above Left: Site map, we're left side center, heading for dead center.
Above Right: Diorama depicting that there is a man made mountain, south of town and west of the dig, that many Chinese History scholars suspect is a Royal Tomb which may or may not be related to the Terracotta Soldiers. Note that Xian was the governing location of eighteen of the twenty known imperial dynasties - one would expect to find relics underground, it's a problem/issue similar to digging around Rome.
Above Left: World Heritage Site Information.
Above Right: Another multi-acreage view of the Terracotta Army and this is the main building site with two more sites of about the same size and then a few smaller digs have been discovered.
Above: Dennis and Terry Struck in Xian, China, with the Terracotta Warriors.
Forenics and Re-Construction Lab Areas
Above: Check out the calves on this soldier (immediate above-right image). Since each face is unique, it is thought that the Army may be based on real soldiers. The copy of the uniforms, gear, armor, and weaponry is first class - Modern theorists are learning a lot about ancient strategies and battle capability based on the details, large and small.
Outdoors of the Warriors and Lunch (Hover Mouse on Image)
Above Left: Roadside vendors.
Above Right: Former Xian Cave Dwellings.
A Walk about Downtown Xian
Above Left: Potty Training Pants for kids (boys and girls) are crotchless.
Above Right: The South Gate to the walled city of Xian.
Above Left: The Bell Tower is dead-center in the walled city (and in most Chinese Walled cities, including Beijing's Forbidden City).
The Bell Tower is used for Time, mainly for the changing of the Guard but also for special announcements or celebrations. The Drum Tower (about 500 meters to the west) is only used for Alarms, like an Attack or a Fire. During the dynasty ruling days, the Bell tower and the drum tower were likely the two tallest structures.
Above Right: One of the Bells displayed at the Bell Tower. The Drum Tower happens to be in this picture, directly behind the right most wood support for the bell.
Above: Close-ups of the Bell Tower structure.
Above Left: Bells inside the Bell Tower.
Above Right: A Bell Tower Music Show (lucky timing on our part).
Above Left: The Drum Tower as viewed from the Bell Tower.
Above Right: Xian Drum Tower Drum.
Above: Drums of the Drum Tower.
Above Left: Drum Tower Roof Color and Imagery.
Above Right: Drum Tower Structure.
Above Left: Gateway to the Muslim Bazaar (located just north of the Drum Tower). Also, there is a Mosque that is along the Muslim Bazaar and we visited it, but there are no pictures.
Above Right: This part of the Bazaar was covered. We were busy shopping for a Group Gift Exchange (for tomorrow night). It is noteworthy that there was nothing at the Bazaar that we had not already seen at the Yangshou resort area.
Above Left: Hot Pot Boil: Basically we created our own dinners; this is a before image. This was a new experience for Terry and Dennis.
Above Right: Dinner was good; this is an after picture.