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Day 2

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Beijing to Xian and Sightseeing

This morning we need to put our luggage outside of our room for collection at 5:00 am. Only our 2 big pieces, our hand luggage will stay with us. We stayed in our room until we knew our luggage was picked up, then we went down for breakfast.

At 5:30 am we checked out of our hotel, met with our guide and boarded the coach and we were on our way by 5:45 am to Beijing Airport. We are flying with China Eastern Airlines flight MU2102 to Xian Airport scheduled to leave at 8:00 am.

Arrived at Xian Airport at 10:00 am, 2 hour flight, 580 miles, with our guide, collected our luggage and boarded another coach for some sightseeing before we are taken to our hotel. Besides our regular guide from Beijing, we now have a local guide with us, and she will stay with us until we leave Xian. She lives here so has more knowledge about Xian.

Our first stop is The Yangling Museum, located at Zhangjiawan Village, and is only a 20 minute drive from the airport, much closer than if we had returned here from our hotel. The Museum opened in 1999 and features recent archeogical discoveries from Han dynasty tombs.(The dynasty after the Terracotta Warriors). They were relatively a peaceful bunch, but also wanted their army for the "afterlife". This small museum represents the culmination of nearby 10 years of excavation work on the area around the tomb of the Han emperor, Jindgi, died 141 A.D. The discoveries were found by accident when they were building the new Airport Expressway. The tomb is devided into two sections, the museum and the excavation site. In the museum, there are many terracotta figurines (over 50,000 were buried here) including servants, eunuchs, domesticated animals and even female cavalry on horseback. Outside on arrival is a gate complex which can be seen from the road and the burial mounds of the Emperor/Empress. Everything else to be seen is underground and at the entrance of the museum, we had to put covers over our shoes, because of the glass floors. We walked on the glass floors and looking down through them, we could see the partially excavated burial pits where the clay figurines can be seen, they are not life sized like the Terracotta Warriors, but more like small, children's toys. The have no arms on most of them because the movable arms were made out of wood so they have decayed over time. Also the silk clothes are gone, disintegrated. There are also animal figures about the same size. No flash photography allowed and the lighting is very dim to protect the artifacts.

We had lunch at a local restaurant.

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