16. Jan - 19. Jan
Hanna and I had a rough start on our travel! We managed to miss the train to Xian. Everything went wrong on the way to the station (It’s China), even though we had 3,5 hours to catch the train. It’s been a very long time since I've been so stressed and sworn so much. The fact that I had more luggage than I could carry didn't make it easier. We ran through the station (or I stumbled), had no idea where to go, everything was in Chinese and yes, it was not a nice experience. All the other trains the same day were fully booked, so we got new tickets at 7 am the next day. We had some long, bored hours at the station, and we had to find a hotel when we got kicked out of the station. Nobody spoke English and they just stared at us (freaking Chinese people). After a while (with the use of body language) we got in a black taxi to go to a “black hotel”. It was way overpriced and later we realized that it could've been dangerous, because we had no idea where we were going and we could not communicate with the driver. But enough about the freak show, we arrived in Xian at 6 pm the next day. We took a bullet train (over 300 km/h), so it only took us 9 hours to get there. Later that evening we went for a walk in the Muslim Quarter:
The next day we went to see the Terracotta Army. I’m glad we decided to take a guided tour, because we got so much relevant information.
Our sweet guide who slept on my shoulder the whole bus ride home. Haha.
So far they've found 8000 warriors (all with different faces), and there’s probably a lot more to come.
They have so much work left to finish the found ones.
Some were without a head, because the (first) Emperor of China died before they finished.
This is the man who found the first piece of the army. He was a farmer looking for water and he only got 10 NOK(!!) from the government .
The next day we went on a bike tour on the city wall. We cycled around the whole city center.
You had one job. .
It was so polluted this day! We could not see far and when we blew our noses after the trip it was all grey. Disgusting!
All in all, we had a great time in Xian. We also ran into Anna (one of the other interns). She wasn't only in Xian at the same time as us, but at the same hostel AND in the same room as us. Haha. What a coincidence!