Friday, August 31, 2012

Emperor Qin’s Terra-Cotta “Warriors & Horses”Army 秦始皇兵马俑博物馆 & Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum 秦始皇帝陵 @ 西安 Xi An, China

“The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. 
It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.
The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province.”
You don’t have to pay for a tour guide speaker. Just stand in front of an attraction and surely there would be other tourist groups with their tour guide explaining history at the top of their lungs. Parasites XD
Here I am @ 兵马俑!!! with Kai Ping~
“The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses.
Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum.
Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.”
thousands of clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to rank
ShowLuo-endorsed Dico’s 香脆手枪鸡 for lunch at the premises of Terracotta Army
Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum, awarded UNESCO World Heritage, just like my hometown Georgetown, Penang ^^
passed by the archeologists’ office
When we paid Emperor Qin’s tomb a visit, it was drizzling, so it really felt like a Cheng Beng trip.
We took a caddy (15yuan) to go one big round the perimeter about 5km to arrive to this tomb, only then to find out that the tomb was actually located only about 10meters away from the entrance/counter where we were initially. “电瓶车?一定要坐!”Kena tipu =.=
Bus ride back to Xi An city, umpat about USMKK folks XD
Evening, took subway to city central, jalan-jalan shopping district, groceries @ Walmart, late dinner @ hostel café, roast chicken & creamy yoghurt. My feet really hurts.
It’s Hari Kebangsaan and I’m feeling all in awed over China’s ancient history and past glory XD

Thursday, August 30, 2012

7 Sages International Youth Hostel (YHA) 七贤莊国际青年旅社 @ 西安 Xi An, China

Allow me to introduce strongly recommend to you the place which I stayed for 4 days/nights at Xi An.
First of all, its named a hostel, but you shouldn’t call it a hostel, its not some dingy old run-down apartment hostel. It is a modern luxurious comfortable hotel bedroom with air-con; squeaky clean bathroom with heater, almost like a hotel, but even better than a hotel. Why? because you sort of get a mini bungalow house, just on your own, ground floor, with ancient Chinese courtyard exterior design + garden! Absolutely enjoy the time staying here *grins* They call it the 四合院?
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I like the clash between modern and ancient teehee
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Café + garden + English novels + music + coffee + Terracotta décor + foreign tourists (only Youth) = PERFECT
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The AMBIENCE of the café/lounge so cozy at night
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Reasonable price: Only about RM40 per night
Facilities provided: Tourists information, laundry, snooker table, books etc
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Just wanted to show you the entrance and 招牌, please ignore the pink-colored narcissist.

西安Xi An (陕西Shan Xi): 大雁塔,小雁塔 (Wild Goose Pagodas),大唐慈恩寺遗扯公园,鼓楼 (Drum Tower),钟楼(Bell Tower)

Woke up in the agoraphobic train, officially overcame 21 hours of 硬卧, reached Xi An about 1pm, and as soon as we stepped out of the train station, we could see the 长安城墙 stood tall and sprawled across in pride, quite 壮观。I cant stop grinning imagining all the 古色古香 stuff I will be seeing the next few days hehe
“ 西安,古称长安,是历史古都,历史上曾有13个王朝在此建都,从周至唐,先后称之为周、秦、汉、西晋、前赵、前秦、后秦、西魏、北周、隋、唐等,历时近1100年。”
Walked from the train station to 西七路,北新街。KP got influenced and started kept saying “crap” now lol. Checked-in 7 Sages International Youth Hostel (YHA) 七贤莊国际青年旅社。I’m very very very satisfied with this accommodation haha! After settling down, bathing and everything, it was nearly 3pm, so we only got like half a day left to freely stroll about Xi An. Most of the attractions here, entrance FOC.
Late lunch. 四川面. the portion size is very big. both of us only finished half of our own food so from then on we would only be ordering 1 portion.
Had my photography exam =.= @ Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
Freely roamed about a few historical + nature parks. (posing exam =.=)
西安 鼓楼,钟楼
Xi An = China’s ancient glory of many past centuries with its majestic architectural remains + Terracotta Warriors + Tang Dynasty influence + graveyards of royal historical icons + modern civilization.
Goodnight Xi An ^^