4.12.2009

61. Vacation Plans | China


Some more photos from my dad's Asia trip to get me more excited for MY trip!! Continued from HERE. These ones in this post are all from China.





I find it very interesting looking inside the homes of people from other parts of the world. My dad met the woman who lives here then asked to take some photos of her home lol.

Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'An!!




I recently became very very fascinated with them. I know a lot of people know next to nothing about what they are so I'll attempt to summarize it for you. I actually don't know too much about this but anyways, to the best of my knowledge:

Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of China. He wanted to be buried with his entire army after his death, so at the age of 13 he ordered over 700,000 workers to begin creating an army out of terra cotta - taking nearly 38 years. Today, only about 8000 of these soldiers and horses have been uncovered so far (and its believed that's only 1% of the entire enormous tomb) They all have really life-like features as well; no two faces look the same. The emperor's actual burial site still hasn't been excavated..I hope they'll do it soon. I'm not sure if the entrance has even been found yet but I can just imagine all the traps that must be set up around it.
I think the excavation process is currently stopped because the terracotta loses its colour and begins to decay a short while after being exposed to air. So they're trying to find some technology first to preserve it before digging any more.

I find this so amazing. Like I said, this is probably less than 1% of the entire tomb..I can't even imagine what it must look like once it's ALL been uncovered. I really hope I'm still alive to see it.
They were first discovered in 1974 (after 2000 years of being hidden underground).
I really want to visit this place on my next trip to China..and also Beijing for the Great Wall!





Our plane tickets have been booked! We're going to leave Toronto May 4th..Guilin on the 7th..Tokyo around the 15th..then back to HK..and coming back to Toronto on the 24th. Oh and Macau somewhere in between which I'm really excited about (the Las Vegas & Monaco of Asia!). We were originally going to leave on the 22nd but I realized..I definately need to attend the opening of the Louis Vuitton exhibit so we extended it :D
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  1. OH YES. go to the venice in macau! you would LOVE the shops and, if you've never been to the las vagas one, its for sure an experience!

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  2. that is gonna be one great holiday for you! ahhh monaco...i miss it! lol

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  3. by the end of it, you'll hate flying in planes. last summer it was an 18 hour flight with like, 5 hours of stop-over waits at airports, flights to and from Jeju island, flight to California, then a flight to Toronto with a stopover inbetween.

    ughhh my body was so messed up.

    sounds like a lot of fun though. i've always wanted to go see the terracotta warriors since i first heard about them in like, grade 5. it's so interesting!

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  4. I doubt it hahah -- I looove flying/layovers! I'm obsessed with airports and long flights (I'm weird..I know)

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  6. sounds lot of fun there. Don't know if you remember me but I commented once, I was this spanish girl who found your blog on the PF and I enjoy reading it. The terracota warriors looks so incredible but also a little scary hehe I wan to go to Monaco too. Sorry I deleted my error the post and had to post it again haha

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