Won for the Money

On our last day in Asia, Miriam and I packed and repacked, balancing the weight between our two “free” checked bags and making sure only “allowable” items ended up in our carry-ons. As I emptied out my purse, I saw that I still had a little currency from each of the...

So long, Xi’an!

Thankfully, our guide provided van transportation back to our hotel after the dinner show in lieu of another subway adventure. As an added benefit, we took a few slight detours and got to see a portion of Xi’an at night, including the city walls and the bell tower all...

Xi’an Dinner and a Show!

Traffic was gridlocked, so we were forced to take the subway to arrive at our restaurant/theater venue on time. It was a holiday Saturday of a three-day weekend for most Chinese, and it was dinnertime! Aaarrrggghhh! Push, shove, walk, walk, walk, push shove, walk,...

In other Xi’an news….

Yes, believe it or not, there are other things to do and see in Xi’an besides the Terra Cotta Army, and after what was already a very full day, we kept right on keeping on! First, we made a brief stop at a Jade Factory and learned about the different types and colors...

Terra Cotta Army, Part II

It is estimated that three to four thousand “artisans” and their assistants created the Terra Cotta Army, working over a 30-year period. Eighty-seven individual signatures have been identified on these magnificent creations. But although the artists were solicited...
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