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Nov 7, 2016 - Xian deel 2

Vandaag naar de Pagode van de Wilde Gans geweest. Mooie tempel met indrukwekkend vakmanschap van koper- en houtbewerking. Daarnaast ook een heel mooie boulevard met prachtige bronzen beelden. Bij de lunch voor het eerst zogenaamde hotpot gehad. Viel eigenlijk een beetje tegen. 's Middags door de moslimwijk gewandeld met allerlei stalletjes met kitsch blingbling waar de Chinezen zelf kapot van zijn. De lokale slager en bakker waren ook interessant straks met de nachttrein naar Nanjing. Kijken hoe dat bevalt.

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Nov 6, 2016 - In Xian

Vandaag een van de hoogtepunten van de reis gezien, het beroemde Terra Cottaleger. Aanvankelijk wilde de gestoorde keizer Qin dat een leger van 8.800 levende soldaten met hem begraven zou worden, maar dat hebben ze hem uit het hoofd weten te praten en zo gebeurde het dat 800.000 arbeiders 37 jaar gewerkt hebben aan dit leger van klei dat samen met hem op een gebied van 56 km2 is begraven. Heel indrukwekkend. 's Avonds weer een paar heerlijke nieuwe specialiteiten bij het diner gehad en nog een paar pilsje gedronken met een Belgisch/Duits...

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Nov 5, 2016 - Van Pingyao naar Xian

Vandaag met de hoge snelheidtrein naar Xian, de vroegere hoofdstad van China. Met 300 km/u comfortabel reizen zonder kedeng kedeng of vierkante wielen. 's Middags over de dikke muren gelopen. Minder indrukwekkend dan Pingyao maar dat kwam ook omdat je weinig zag door de smog. Daarna nog even wandelen en fitnessen met de lokale bevolking. Na het eten even een rustige avond en vroeg naar bed.

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Jul 27, 2016 - Xi'an et son armée de soldats en terracotta

Après notre première ride en train grand vitesse chinois, nous voilà arrivé à Xi'an. Avec une station de métro directement sous la gare ferroviaire, c'est pas mal facile de se rendre à notre Hostel qui est juste à côté des remparts de la vieille ville. On découvre tristement que seul les remparts existent encore mais que son contenu a tout été jeter à terre pour faire place à des bâtiments modernes. Un peu triste mais le modèle chinois du modernisme prends souvent le dessus sur la préservation de son héritage historique. Le but premier de...

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Apr 19, 2016 - XIAN

Had a problem getting here no fast train so had to tahke the slow one. Took 15 hours left Nanjing 12:49 got here 4 am. Was a good trip seated with the locals there was a group of six and one young university student who could speak English. They and a lady in the next seat were very interested in where I came from and why I wanted to visit China. While waiting for the train at Nanjing I was helped by a very atractive young girl because Nanjing is smaller than most of my previous stations they only put up the train number up on a stand...

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Europe BY RAIL 2012

Dec 18, 2015 - Xi'An

Virg part avec Tracey, sa collègue mais surtout amie, a Xi'An pour 3 jours laissant toutes les deux mari et enfants. Xi'An est classée au patrimoine mondiale de l'humanité par l'Unesco. On y vient surtout pour découvrir la fameuse armée de terre cuite enterrée: tant de warriors! Mais on se laissera aussi séduire par le quartier musulman ("heritage des caravaniers qui transportaient la soir en occident") et sa jolie mosquée. Et puis au bord d'un tuk tuk, nous irons plus loin visiter la petite et grande pagode de l'oie sauvage, le magnifique...

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Aug 18, 2015 - Xian and the famous Terracotta Army

The famous Terracotta Warriors are on every traveller’s must see list in China, and rightly so. The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ordered that these warriors be created to guard his funeral tomb when he first took control of China as a teenager. He was also credited with conquering several warring kingdoms and unifying them into China, connecting separate walls of the kingdoms into the Great Wall during his reign. At the site, visitors can see three pits, each containing warriors that are interesting in their own way. My photos are...

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Aug 17, 2015 - Walking the Plank at Hua Shan Holy Mountain

The pictures pretty much speak for themselves! We went high high high into the air on the most incredible cable car I've ever seen. We hit five peaks chock-full of Taoist temples, rich in color and architecture, hanging precariously off cliffs. In addition to hiking to the top of all five peaks, Rinske (a fellow truckmate), Fran and I were the only trucksters that braved the plank. The wait for the plank was the hardest part, particularly as we saw shell-shocked Chinese coming off of it, not responding to our inquiries of "fun, right??" The...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Xian

August 1 – Xian Today was Terra Cotta Warriors day, which we’ll tackle in the next entry so we can share a bit of what thus far is our most favorite Chinese “village” as it has only 8 million people. As Wuhan has played a major part in modern Chinese history, much of the ancient history of China rests in Xian. The city is: • 3100 years old • was China’s capital for 12 dynasties, the most influential being the Tang Dynasty • was the beginning of the Silk Road • has the most complete ancient city wall in China (90 miles long; four gates and...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Xian-Terra Cotta Warriors

August 1-Terra Cotta Warriors The Story In 246 B.C. the 13-year-old future emperor of the Qin Dynasty, Qin Shi Huang, began work on his mausoleum. In 1974, a local farmer, Mr. Yung, discovered the first evidence of the Terra Cotta Warriors while digging his well. A life-long Communist, he told government officials what he had found. Unearthed in three of have been more than 7,000 life-sized terra cotta archers, infantrymen, soldiers, horses and chariots in full battle gear standing in formation that were buried with the emperor. This army...

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Jul 31, 2015 - Chongqing to Xian

July 31: Chongqing (Chong-ging) to Xian (she’ an) Oh what a morning! Alarm 5 a.m. Check out 5:30 a.m. Wireless credit card machine not working as we’re still on the river instead of docked. Breakfast instead. 6:30 departure scheduled, but still not at dock as during the night the Chongqing navigation control changed the river to one way traffic, which slowed traffic to a stop and then crawl. 6:30-7:30 standing in line for the old swipe the card method of collections and then hanging around in the lobby with 249 other people and our...

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Apr 15, 2015 - Xian Muslim Quarter

High temp of 86 degrees expected but Xian is so dry it doesn't feel that hot. Walked to the Drum Tower on West Street then turned into the Muslim quarter market area. A friendly man said hello and tapped Nancy's bare arm, letting her know that bare arms are not OK in the Muslim quarter. (So that's what all the stares were about!) Stopped in a shop for a scarf to cover her arms. She's read that it wasn't acceptable to bargain hard in the Muslim quarter but it slipped her mind--offended the vendor and was being told to leave! So she paid his...

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