This was really impressive! Amazing what people were able to build back in that time. King Quins mausoleum is covering a huge area with approximately 7.000 individually made sculptures of worriers with even different positions as well as different ranking officers, horses, weapons etc. Simply a whole town structure, including a giant town wall, with everything a king would need after he dies in order to live his afterlife. Over several decades an approximate number of 700.000 workers have taken part in this project over 2000 years ago.
History forgot about this place for a very long time and the mausoleum was randomly redescovered by a farmer, while working on his fields in the 60s if I remember correctly.
If you want to know mores bout this place, which is considered the eighth wonder of the world, you know where to go.
I guess you can find regular tourist pictures everywhere on the net, so I put mine upside down. ;)
Mentioning the tourists, yeah, there were a freaking lot of them which took away the fun, but anyways it was extraordinarily impressive.
The ancient town wall of Xi'An is one of the "Must Haves" during a stay in this pulsing City. Xi'An was the great main capital of China about 1000 years ago and the town wall, with a total length of about 10 kilometers, is from this time. It is still considered the city center today. It kind of reminded me of the old city walls in Germany, just a lot bigger and still in very good shape.
You can rent a bicycle in order to drive around on top of it, which is really nice in order to get away from the crazy noises for a short while, because it seems like that the town wall is almost working like a compensating filter that sucks up all the noise. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place which gives you a great feeling of freedom and when you take a ride here it almost let's you forget about the fact that you are in a huge city with 8 million people living in the inner core. But as soon as you get back down from it you will be aware of this again within seconds and the noise will hit you hard like a shovel on the back of your head.
Next stop: Terracotta Worriors.