This post is in addition to the Terracotta Army WHS post found here. It is mainly to entice you to visit Xi’an, China and give you more things to do. Here are three more things you can do.
1) Drum and Bell Towers of Xi’an
A symbol of Xi’an which was built in the 1390’s.
You can actually strike the bell for a small fee.
The view is pretty awesome from the bell tower.
The Drum Tower was also built in the 1390’s and is a symbol of Xi’an.
There are Chinese symbols of good fortune on each drum.
There are also some very large drums. Unfortunately, you cant strike these.
The towers are inside the walled section of the city of Xi’an near the center, so you can’t miss them. They are pretty cool monuments that have stood since the beginning of the Ming Dynasty in the 1390’s. You are allowed to ring the bell (for a small fee), but not the drums. Both towers offer great views of the city, and have small museums inside. The museums are unfortunately in Mandarin Chinese only, but they are still worth a look.
This is more spectacular than the Great Wall of China. I thought I’d start this blog on a good note. Seeing thousands of clay soldiers with different expressions, clothes, hair styles and even different shoes leaves a person speechless. Some of the more amazing ones are in individual exhibits in the same complex. The terracotta army is as good as advertised, and definitely worth a look. The First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, thought that by building this army, he could be protected in the afterlife. The army was never meant to be displayed and was buried along with his body. It wasn’t discovered until 1974, even though they were buried in the 3rd century BC. Despite their dull color now, the Terracotta Warriors were originally painted by hand, evident in some of the more preserved soldiers. This particular emperor is the first to unify China as a whole, as well as the first to attempt to build parts of what is now known as The Great Wall of China.