ay 189… Visit Xi’an’s most famous site – the Terracotta Warriors. Travel by bus for around 2 hours to reach the site. Once there hear all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered by farmers digging a well in 1976 after being buried for thousands of years. These clay statues of soldiers, horses and chariots all standing in battle formation were commissioned by the emperor of the Qin dynasty as part of his mausoleum and a number of pits are now on view to the public. The sight of these things was quite amazing in person… just awe inspiring.
After these 4 pits of warriors we visit a local farmers family for a home style (incredible) lunch before heading back to town and visiting Xi’an Huiling (meaning ‘wise spirit’) – a special Intrepid-supported project for people with intellectual and learning disabilities, where we enjoy a performance of singing and dancing by the students (not too surprising we were asked to join in… and personally… my dancing was quite poor) and have a chance to see their artwork and handicrafts. These guys were adorable, happily showing us thier craft and dance skills. Just wonderful. I sat and painted with them as well. At night we walk back through the night markets to our restaurant for the most taste buds explodingly amazing food to date… spinach noodles with pork, ginger, chilli, garlic and vegetables in PERFECT combination. Wow. Then we have to shop for tomorrow’s day of travel, but before we get there we traverse a local park full of people learning to dance, exercising (including adult jungle gyms and tai chi machines) & playing hockey sack. All older too! They even invite us to join in, so we do for a good 15 mins of hacked sack failures but amused the local oldies and everyone was happy. Great break from the norm