Our last night in Xi’an we went to see a light and water show set to music in front of the Big Goose Pagoda. It is boasted as being the biggest water and light show is China. We were very impressed with the show and felt that it should be ranked with the shows in Las Vegas or Barcelona. The multicolored lights were very dense and there was a lot of movement of the water fountains themselves.
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Katie wanted to meet us in China when she heard about our trip, especially to see the Terracotta Warriors. When she worked in The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, they hosted the traveling exhibit on the warriors and Katie worked that exhibit. We were so excited to see the warriors; it was certainly an anticipated highlight.
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We took our first bullet train in China! We went from Beijing to Xi’an, which took us into different territories of China on a 6 hour train ride. We almost reached 300 km/hr which was also exciting! We really loved how easy the train was, and how easy the metro in Xi’an was too.
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Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, and 22 Emperors from Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped heaven from this location. It was also used as a place for animal sacrifices, prayers for bumper harvest and prayers for favorable rains. Our first stop inside the large complex was The North Animal Sacrifice Pavilion. It was also built in 1420 and used to sacrifice animals before the Emperors would pray. It was believed that a sacrifice helped your prayers be heard and answered.
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Tienanmen Square is the largest public square in the world! However, with no seating, trees or much shade it is not a place to relax. It also has a lot of security: security checks at every entrance, closed circuit cameras, police, and a military presence. The square has a few structures inside of it and it is considered the symbolic center of the Chinese Universe. It is surrounded by stern, 1960 soviet-style brutalist buildings and white fences. Continue reading “Tienanmen Square and The National Museum of China “
The Forbidden City is the largest palace complex is the world. It was home to the two last dynasties before The Chinese Republic. For 500 years when Emperors ruled China, no ordinary citizen was allowed to enter the city, with instant execution as punishment for attempting; hence the complex received its western name “The Forbidden City”. It is referred to as Palace Museum or Ancient Palace by the Chinese. The complex is divided into two parts: royal residence and ceremonial court. Continue reading “The Forbidden City “
From Beijing, Christopher, Meg, and Katie took a tour to see and hike the Great Wall of China. The sections we saw were Mutianyu and Jiankou. The wall was built over multiple millenia, to protect China from horse-riding invaders from the Mongolian steppe, including Huns and Mongolians. Continue reading “The Great Wall of China “