Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an – These warriors actually weren’t event discovered until around 1976, when a farmer outside of Xi’an was digging a well and discovered something that he thought was historical…turning out to be the tomb of one of China’s ancient rulers – Qin Shi Huangdi. We were able to view all three pits (about 7000 warriors) – some full of uncovered warriors, some still in pieces, some warriors still buried – and we were able to watch workers excavating as well.
Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an – This structure was built in memory of the Gaozong emperor’s mother, Empress Wende, in AD 652. It’s part of a Buddhist temple – with several buildings in the complex full of Buddha statues and scriptures that have been translated from Sanskrit into Chinese. We all went to the top for a gorgeous view of the city of Xi’an.
Tang dynasty dinner show, Xi’an – We ended the day with a dinner show – traditional Chinese music and dance from the Tang dynasty.