The walls of Xi’an

Xi’an was the capital of China for over a thousand years, but its influence does not stop with Tang. During the Ming Dynasty, the first emperor sends his son to govern Xi’an. He built a new city on the ruins of Chang’an, surrounds a wall guarded by 164 towers and closed by four monumental gates.

Xi'an

Xi’an (Photo credit: Grumbler %-|)

He also built the impressive towers of the Bell and Drum. Both have recently been restored.

Once in all Chinese cities, there was a bell tower and a drum tower. Xi’an those are probably the best preserved in all of China. Tower bell rang the opening of the gates in the morning, and the drum tower closing them in the evening. In addition to the high walls of enclosure (12 m and a width of 12 to 14 m), the town was also divided into neighborhoods walled with doors that were closed at night.
The walls of the city can be visited. They are remarkably well preserved and can have a nice overview of the city inside the enclosure. It is best to take a walk to the south gate to the east gate of the fortification.

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Montage of various Xi'an images

Montage of various Xi’an images (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lhassa transportation

China considers Tibet as a region of China, but a Chinese visa is not sufficient for the province. Regulations are constantly changing, with a constant: you must apply for a permit to Tibet Tourism Bureau before entering the autonomous region of Tibet.

English: Mount Everest North Face as seen from...

English: Mount Everest North Face as seen from the path to the base camp, Tibet. Español: Cara norte del Monte Everest vista desde el sendero que lleva al campo base en el Tibet (China). Français : Face nord du Mont Everest vue du chemin menant au camp de base. Tibet. Italiano: Faccia Nord del monte Everest vista dal sentiero che porta al campo base in Tibet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To do this, you must be part of a group and submit your application via an agency – who will sell you a license with a circuit in Tibet.

The cheapest solution is usually to take a “formula” between Lhasa and Chengdu air or rail from Chengdu, Xi’an and Xining. In these cities, most hostels are in charge. These formulas include sometimes a few nights in Lhasa. In the best case, they summarize the license and ticket. Upon arrival in Lhasa, “groups” temporary separate. Feel free to organize your onward journey.

From Kathmandu, you will join a circuit to obtain the license of Tibetan Tourism Bureau. Your Chinese visa will be canceled and replaced by a group visa on loose leaf. You can obtain a copy upon request, allowing you to move freely as an independent at the end of the tour, for the period indicated in the visa group (which may be limited to 2 additional weeks).

Tibet: An elderly Tibetan women holding a pray...

Tibet: An elderly Tibetan women holding a prayer wheel on the Lhasa’s pilgrimage circuit of Barkhor. The Barkhor, a quadrangle of streets that surrounds the Jokhang Temple, is both the spiritual heart of the holy city and the main commercial district for Tibetans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once in Tibet, you must be licensed to access any other place Prefecture Lhasa and Shigatse cities and Tsetang – and thus places like the base camp of Mount Everest (EBC), Samye Sakya and Mount Kailash. This permit can only be obtained by registering a circuit through an approved agency

Visit Xi’an terracotta army 2

Pit No. 2
The second pit smaller, approximately 1,000 statues. Still under excavation, it is perhaps even more striking, because we see the wooden roofs on more or less collapsed trenches and broken statues, lying in disorder ….

Terracotta Army Pit 1 - in Xi'an, China

Terracotta Army Pit 1 – in Xi’an, China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An archer, an NCO and a general (distinguished by their hair) are exposed so we can admire them up close. Unfortunately this pit has been extensively looted.
All trenches were protected by roof beams impregnated with a preservative. Clay statues were fired at 900 ° C. They are slightly larger than life (approximately 1, 96 m), likely to be even more impressive. The facial features are different from one statue to another, and we show that the real army of Qin Shi Huangdi was composed of different ethnic groups (Han Chinese, Mongols, Tatars, etc.).. How to tie their long hair updos different, indicates the status of everyone in the military hierarchy. Details and the diversity of faces, the folds of clothing, demonstrate the mastery of the artists, the technological knowledge of the time and the high-level Chinese art had already reached the third century BC.

Pit No. 3
It is the smallest of all the pits. It was discovered later, two years after the main body. There are about 60 soldiers and a carriage. This would be the command post.
Exposed parts that are likely part of a larger whole. It was common at the time an emperor was buried with his servants do and ministers often sacrificed. Pottery statues replace men. This army was built to accompany the first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi in the realm of the dead. Yet to open the tomb of the emperor.

First emperor of China Qin Shi Huang, from zh ...

First emperor of China Qin Shi Huang, from zh wikipedia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The tour ends with a film of a quarter hour tour with a panoramic camera. This film is a reenactment of the construction, destruction until the discovery of the terracotta army. The film is shown in English and is very well done

Warning: the store site offers crafts and copies of statues.
The prices are very abusive.

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Short visit of Xi’an terracota army 2

Pit No. 2
The second pit smaller, approximately 1,000 statues. Still under excavation, it is perhaps even more striking, because we see the wooden roofs on more or less collapsed trenches and broken statues, lying in disorder ….

Terracotta Army Pit 1 - in Xi'an, China

Terracotta Army Pit 1 – in Xi’an, China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An archer, an NCO and a general (distinguished by their hair) are exposed so we can admire them up close. Unfortunately this pit has been extensively looted.
All trenches were protected by roof beams impregnated with a preservative. Clay statues were fired at 900 ° C. They are slightly larger than life (approximately 1, 96 m), likely to be even more impressive. The facial features are different from one statue to another, and we show that the real army of Qin Shi Huangdi was composed of different ethnic groups (Han Chinese, Mongols, Tatars, etc.).. How to tie their long hair updos different, indicates the status of everyone in the military hierarchy. Details and the diversity of faces, the folds of clothing, demonstrate the mastery of the artists, the technological knowledge of the time and the high-level Chinese art had already reached the third century BC.

Pit No. 3
It is the smallest of all the pits. It was discovered later, two years after the main body. There are about 60 soldiers and a carriage. This would be the command post.
Exposed parts that are likely part of a larger whole. It was common at the time an emperor was buried with his servants do and ministers often sacrificed. Pottery statues replace men. This army was built to accompany the first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi in the realm of the dead. Yet to open the tomb of the emperor.

First emperor of China Qin Shi Huang, from zh ...

First emperor of China Qin Shi Huang, from zh wikipedia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The tour ends with a film of a quarter hour tour with a panoramic camera. This film is a reenactment of the construction, destruction until the discovery of the terracotta army. The film is shown in English and is very well done

Warning: the store site offers crafts and copies of statues.
The prices are very abusive.

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Shanghai guiness

We all remember the video that had a big buzz on the net: the association of a famous candy mint and a bottle of soda geyser resulted in an incredible …

English: Macro photograph of coca-cola bubbles...

English: Macro photograph of coca-cola bubbles. Deutsch: Makro-Fotografie von Coca-Cola-Bläschen. Japanese: コカ・コーラの泡のマクロ写真。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well voila 2.175 Chinese students of Changchun University in northeast China have decided to break the record for the largest fountain coca existing using the same method. June 6, 2010, these students are all together on campus, dressed head to foot in yellow and blue ponchos laminated and after a countdown, so have dropped the candy in small soft drink, causing 2.175 geysers. The record was set by the Guinness himself.

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Short visit of Xi’an terracotta army

Hallway
Appointment before visiting the pits in the first room. Two beautiful bronze chariots drawn by horses were found in 1980 in a wooden sarcophagus. Their scale is half the size. The reins are in gold and silver (the Chinese had passed masters of metallurgy). These models represent a real tank tank says “comfort” and a chariot “high” for large turned inspection vast kingdom. On a technicality unheard, the tank had hot water comfort inside and a cold water system for cooling during periods of high heat, so air conditioning in all. The tank had a high weather protection canopy whose opening and closing are commanded by a small lever. They are exhibited in the museum on site.

You can see photographs showing the tank was literally found in “thousand pieces” and it took a very long and thorough archaeologists to reconstruct the full. It explains through photography discovered this fabulous site.
Many art lovers would love to have even one of these soldiers. A Hong Kong billionaire has offered to buy a billion yuan over a soldier. The Chinese government has declined.

Chariot

Chariot (Photo credit: Shiva Shenoy)

Pit No. 1
The first excavation, the largest in size, is now protected by a structure. It is 210 m from east to west and 60 meters from north to south. It contains 6000 warriors, armored, deployed in battle formation according to the most perfect military strategy of the time, reinforced tanks pulled by horses (chariots bais have disappeared). The first row is formed by the general counsel and then follow the four categories of soldiers, horsemen, simple infantry, crossbowmen putting one knee to bend their bow, and charioteers. The whole is divided into 11 galleries and 38 columns. The warriors were equipped with 10,000 real weapons (now exposed separately). Steel arrows had been a sort of protective plating that makes spikes come down to us, no rust, still sharp.

Jing An temple Shanghai

Jing’an Temple Shanghai

English: Jing'an Temple in Shanghai Polski: Św...

English: Jing’an Temple in Shanghai Polski: Świątynia Jing’an w Szanghaju (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Established in 247, there are more than 1750 years, this temple is one of the oldest Buddhist places of worship in the area. The main hall dates from the beginning of the century (1921) and other buildings have little more than 150 years. The temple was once proud of its eight treasures, now a distant memory, the famous well which was at the entrance (Bubbling Well) is the last to be destroyed in the 1950s. This place is simple and popular remains very active to this day. The contrast with the surrounding ultra-modern skyscrapers is instructive.

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