drive to the Terra Cotta Warriors

Since I was 8 years old and I saw the Terra Cotta Warriors in National Geographic Magazine, I  have dreamed of visiting them.  On this day, I was finally on the drive to their location outside of Xian.  I was very excited and double checked to make sure that I had spare batteries for my camera.

On the drive, I saw some interesting sights like the man above and decided to shoot some photos during the hour-long bus ride.  Just outside of the city I again looked in near disbelief at the thick smog that hung over the city.  It seemed that everywhere I went the pollution haze lingered like a bad reminder of what we do to our planet each day.

Just beyond the edge of this photo were some apartment buildings perhaps 300 or 400 meters away and I could barely make them out.  Looking in this photo, I can’t see them at all.

I am not sure what this policewoman was doing.  She may have been trying to direct traffic, but no one paid any attention.  The Chinese rarely follow traffic rules, having a cop on a box was more of a joke (“keep them all employed”) than not.


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what $59 buys in Xi’an, China

After two long flights, a long bus ride and a taxi, I was so happy to arrive at my hotel in Xian.  I chose the Sofitel and purchased it on Expedia.  It was less than sixty dollars and I wasn’t sure what to expect; the Sofitel name is a high-priced hotel, but you never know when you’re overseas what to expect.  I was not dissapointed, the hotel was beautiful and was one of the nicest rooms I had stayed in all year.

The room had a forier, 14′ walk in closet, spacious living room, study area, bedroom, and a massive bathroom with tub, shower, and all the amenities.  I had a feeling that China was going to be very easy on my wallet…


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