I had visited Xi’an a few years back while traveling to China for business and really liked its vibe. Chompu and I visited the terra-cotta warriors, indulged in the famous dumplings and got lost in the vibrant Muslim quarter, I couldn’t wait to show Bea around the town I had so enjoyed years back.
We arrived at the Han Tang House hostel late in the evening and booked both the terracotta warriors and the evening dumpling feast (and show) for the next day.
It’s a bit of a recurring theme in these blogs but Chinese domestic tourism has completely changed the tourism landscape over the last 10 years. When we visited the terracotta warriors previously we took a taxi down a road lined with shops selling imitation warriors to a small ticket office before wandering through the three main exhibition halls. The actual farmer who first discovered them back in 1974 (while digging a well) was hanging around near the exit signing books for people.
We headed back to the hostel late afternoon where we had arranged for the hotel to show Dockers V Western Bulldogs, unfortunately their best plans failed with the poor internet and we ended up watching the dockers victory on the iPhone over a few beers.