“Ce voyage en Chine puis la croisière en Asie était très bien organisé, un brin d’exotisme, dépaysant… c’était parfait dammit! Je le recommandrai à n’importe qui.”
- Mme Myriam Amram, Montréal, QC
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from the Asia tour and cruise!
MindWare Educational Seminars Goes to China!
Pre-Cruise Tour of Beijing & Xi’an, Part II: Off to the capital of the Shaanxi povince and the Terracotta Warriors today! Caught an early morning flight from Beijing to Xi’an, famous as the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Football fields of warriors!
After getting up for an early morning flight to
Xi’an, we were taken to see how artisans are
today literally putting Humpty Dumpty back
together again! After farmers discovered
thousands of terracotta warriors, chariots and
horses in 1974, the government authorized the
construction of a museum on the site dedicated
to their preservation. It now stretches more
than the length of two football fields and
comprises thousands of terracotta figures!
Artisans work on putting broken pieces together
again and on recreating miniature-size versions
as souvenirs. To say it is impressive is an
understatement, as unless seen in person,
it is hard to fathom the sheer numbers of
Tang Dynasty Show
After a long day with the warriors we, went
back to the hotel and then out to the Tang
Dynasty Dinner and Show. Xi’an, formerly
known as Chang’an was the Imperial capital during 13 dynasties and was most prosperous under the Tang (687 - 907). The show has its roots in folk traditions that included dances asking for a good harvest or a better life. Open to outside influences as well as those of its many ethnic groups, the Tang incorporated a wide variety of art forms, music, costumes and cuisine which paved the way for what was presented to us during the show. While very pretty and certainly different than anything many in the group had ever seen, it would have helped us “tourists” to have more information presented in English before, during or even after the show!
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WHAT WE DID:
- Flight to Xi’an
- Tour of Terra Cotta Warriors Museum
- Tang Dynasty Show
WHERE WE STAYED:Sofitel Xian
Warriors are a must see, but the show was somewhat hard to follow if you don’t speak Chinese!