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Xian’s Terracotta Army

Terracotta Army was discovered by local farmers and created to protect the Emperor of China in his afterlife.

 

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Xian is most known for the Terracotta Army, an excavation site located about an hour away in the city’s suburbs. Inside the old city walls, plenty of tour companies run the route. Like many major attractions, buses drop off visitors at local markets where rows of shop owners sell identical souvenirs. Other than getting ripped off, these tourist traps are the second most annoying thing about being a tourist.

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Biking On Xian’s City Walls

Looking down on the city of Xian from the city walls gives a stark comparison between new China and old China.

 

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Xian’s city walls, one of the most well preserved walls in China, were built to defend against Japanese attacks. Bullet holes can be seen scattered by the South Gate. The top of the walls is wide enough to transport horses, troops and their artillery.

Outside the walls is the new Xian sprawling with development. Inside, the old Xian is topped with traditional rooftops and laced with air-dried laundry on bamboo sticks. China has a way of putting me in two places at once – the past and the present.

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Hangzhou, China: A Stunning Sunset on The West Lake

The West Lake is one of the reasons why my parents decided to have their honeymoon in Hangzhou.

 

A stunning #sunset on the West Lake in #Hangzhou, #China. #travel

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An hour and a half away from Shanghai is Hangzhou, a romantic getaway where my parents had their honeymoon. Now I know why. The sunset on the West Lake, the soothing sound of water, the breeze through the trees, the warm palette of colors – it was all so mesmerizing.

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