This morning, we visited the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an where we saw many beautiful and ornate statues including the Goddess Buddha of Mercy and the Taoist God of Wealth.
Next, we drove outside the city to see the excavation site and museum of the Terra-Cotta Warriors. I had seen photos of the warriors up close, but wow, in person the scale of the site is so massive. 6,000 warriors have been excavated so far, but experts estimate there are at least 8,000. It’s amazing that they were sitting there buried underground until the 1980’s, when local farmers found them by accident.
This evening, we went to a dumpling buffet which included 16 different types! Steamed dumplings, fried, breaded, boiled, duck, tomato, pork, veggie, and onion—all were incredible!
After dinner we took a walk through the Main Street in Xi’an where they hold night markets every night of the week. Wandering around and just taking in all the sights, colors and smells is definitely the best way to get to know a new city.
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