The main reason we made a stop in Xi’an was to see the Terracotta Warriors. The army, found less than 40 years ago and untouched despite dating back to 230 BC, is made up of about 8,000 life-sized warriors, war horses and weaponry contained in 3 different pits. While apparently made from 6 different ‘molds’, each warrior has distinct features (eyebrows, mustaches, headgear) to make them all look unique and different from one another.
The first pit is the largest and contained in a huge hangar. It was the most impressive, but the other two pits were unique in that they showed some of the crumbled warriors.
After a few hours touring the Terracotta Army we had worked up a mean appetite. Not knowing a good restaurant close to our hostel we took a chance on our Guidebook to try a highly recommended Noodle House “First Noodle Under the Sun”. We were wary being the first people to go in to eat, but after a short while the place filled up, and there weren’t any dishes that disappointed. It was heaven! Go there!
Full on noodles and beer, we wandered around coming across the beautifully illuminated Bell Tower before accidentally stumbling upon the Muslim District which was packed and full of interesting characters. My favourite was a three foot tall little man selling maps.
After touring the Muslim District we hopped into a tuk-tuk for one of the most intense rides we’ve ever been on…picture driving along a pedestrian-packed sidewalk, and splitting traffic on a busy one way street…good thing we had some beer to numb our senses!