Replies: 45 - Last Post: Apr 10, 2007 6:06 AM Last Post By: ZHET
May 12, 2005 12:59 PM
30Seems it's increasingly difficult to impress people, especially travel junkies like ourselves, regardless of ages, with cultural and artistic sights. The world is getting smaller, people have seen more, TV and film dazzle us with images. Iam taking a trip to China and have been lurking on this branch lately, but my usual haunt is Central America (easy for us gringos to get to, yet a world away from N. America), and the same kinds of issues come up on that branch: Yet another Mayan temple--no big deal. The whole country of Nicaragua is boring. Etc. I haven't traveled widely yet (in my opinion), and I dread the day when I become so jaded that nothing excites me anymore.
May 12, 2005 11:10 PM
31I can't understand some of the negative responses here. When I saw the Terra Cotta army in the 80's I was stunned by them. Ok, so you are looking down at them from the edge of their excavation pit. Row upon row of wonderful lifesize soldiers from ancient China, if you care to look carefully, you will see that each one has a different face and hair. They are individuals, just like real life. They were mostly found in a broken state and have been repaired perfectly to their original appearance, this in itself is impressive. The horses are wonderful, they are so full of life, almost breathing fire. The massive hall which the army is in is gigantic, and it should be remembered that what you are looking at is only a fraction of the mighty army that surrounds the Emperor's tomb - which is yet to be uncovered, and is supposed to be the most magnificent of anything yet seen (and boobytrapped as well).
Go and see them, there is nothing like it in the world. Be impressed, remember their age. People who quibble about the cost and say that they are just a lot of dusty old statues have no romance in their soul and no imagination.
May 13, 2005 3:34 PM
May 14, 2005 12:11 PM
33Yeah I saw them when i was 15 and was bloody impressed. I didnt like the city of Xi'an one bit. I couldn't wait to leave... but if you're in the city and u dont see the warriors ur not too bright.
May 14, 2005 12:15 PM
May 15, 2005 7:11 AM
35Depending on where you're staying most hetels have a service to the Soldiers. That said a public bus is available - and leaving constantly - I think it is the 106 leaving from the area just outside the train station, across the street. Cost is 5RMB one way and stops include Hua Qing Chi - a worthwhile garden. In Xian the muslim area under the drum tower is a must and excellent for dinner. The Signature dish in Xian is a lamb porridge called Yang Rou (lamb) Pao Mo.
Also don't miss the Big Goose Pagoda with its somewhat over the top water display (every 2 hrs).
May 15, 2005 10:00 AM
May 15, 2005 3:44 PM
37I repeat no. 3"s point. In Cairo, would you skip the pyramids? In France, Notre Dame? In Rome, Saint Peters? In Athens, the Acropolis? In Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace? In Cambodia, Angor Watt? I am sure you get my gist. It has been at least 10 years since my visit to Xian, so I am a little hazy on the logistics, but I don't remember any hassal getting to the site and viewing it that took any amount of time away from exploring Xian itself. The soldiers are one of the sublime creations of mankind, (hey, I am a sculptor), not to be missed, and might I add, not a time consumer, as you will not be allowed to dither your time away taking innumerable photos (unless the rules have changed). I also remember a lively market area outside the site that was quite an experience in itself. Xian itself was great fun with its intact walls, crowded markets, fantastic steamed dupmpligs (rembember, I was there 10 or so years ago) and things do change. I can assure you that a visit to the terra cotta army will not, in anyway, interfer with the exploration of Xian, and the missing of such a major cultural acheivment, will most likely haunt you the rest of your life.
May 16, 2005 1:33 AM
38Technically you can't take photos but that doesn't stop most. I think if you took a tripod in they would stop you.
It is low light inside so rest your camera against a railing or something and take the photo on timer mode (your camera will not shake when the photo is taken). No point in using the flash.
May 16, 2005 8:42 AM
39if u don't go then what to see in Xian ? I had the experience to stop for 2 weeks in Xian . . . too much time of course, so I suggest one day for the army if you leave Xian in the morning you go back in early afternoon so u have a day and a half for the big city. Don't miss the muslim area, I think this is the coolest stuff to see. You can avoid the 2 pagodas, just take a look from outside . . . . if you like cycling they rent bicycles on the Xian ancient wall (I don't like cycling but I did it). With more time: the 2 towers and a Museum . . . what else?
It depends on what you like. What I would do in 2 days?
1- terracotta warriors (it's not so ugly and the movie's room is so funny)
2 - muslim area (mosquee, market) - dinner
3 - evening around
4 - wake up late
5 - visit the main place (one of the two towers -or drums' tower or bells' tower but just to take a pic)
6 - eat something in a good restaurant
7 - leave Xian
Jun 6, 2005 4:03 AM
just got back from xi'an. the terracotta army is quite awesome -- the scale, the history and the details on the warriors are amazing (and you can see the inspiration for the costumes in the movie hero). even if it is an awfully touristy thing to do, it is well worth it as it is a part of Qin history. there is a factory in the city which hand-makes replicas which is full of tourists looking to buy... they are cheaper than at the museum itself, but only if you are interested in buying such stuff.
in the city, dont miss the old mausoleum in the muslim quarter -- probably the most peaceful place we went to in xi'an. also early early morning at the small wild goose pagoda sees locals practicing tai-chi. very peaceful -- and dont miss the door into a small garden full of carved hitching posts.
May 4, 2006 3:02 PM
41Doesn't Xian have one of the most interesting museums in China??
Im looking forward to it as much as the warriors.
May 5, 2006 4:47 AM
Apr 9, 2007 10:48 PM
43Here what I found on the net! could be helpful
you should go on : www.travelchinaguide.com
Admission Fee: CNY 90 (Mar.1 to Nov. 30),
CNY 65 (Dec. 1 to Feb. 28/29)
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 18:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: Three hours
Bus Route: 306
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Apr 10, 2007 1:40 AM
44I hired a taxi to go from near the Bell Tower to the Terracotta Army and the driver charged RMB150 including return trip and 2 hours waiting time. Maybe he undercharged us - I just stopped a taxi on the street and asked. I think it was the first time that he had driven out there as he had to phone his friend a couple of times for exact directions. He also didn't charge any extra for parking fees or toll road charges. Hotels and travel agents had been saying it would cost around 400RMB to hire a taxi, so when he said the price (150RMB) we were surprised and didn't even try to negotiate.
Taxis (and public buses I think) leave you about 20-25 minutes from the actual museums - a walk past expensive souvenir shops and restaurants. Therefore if you hire a taxi, get them to wait for 2 1/2 to 3 hours to give yourself plenty of time.
All the tours seem to be full day ones - from 9-5pm. Some charge 45RMB without anything included, while others charge around RMB300 with lunch, guide and admission fees included.
From the railway station, it's easy to get there by the blue minibus which goes frequently.
The Bell Tower Hotel (run by the Holiday Inn) allowed us to check in at 9am (after an overnight train from Beijing) and cost 450RMB for a night.
While Xi'an is quite nice, the grey skies were depressing. A cycle around the city walls is cool - although if you use your bikes more than 100 minutes you are charged extra.
Xi'an people like their chilli - be careful when ordering food!
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