Xi’an – 西安
One of the most ancient cities in China
The beginning of the silk road.
Capital of the Shaanxi Province.
Home of the Terra-Cotta Warriors
Shaanxi Provence is home to ancient cave villages!
When we woke up on the train we had the chance to see a few cave homes passing by our window. And some great examples of earth bermed green house gardens!!
When we got off the train it was pouring rain. Luckily our hotel was only two blocks away! We stayed here. (Xi’an hotel link) The hotel was in a great location for exploring Xi’an and it was such a relief to have a nice room to shower off our train ride and just unwind and relax a bit. Xi’an had a very good vibe and we really enjoyed exploring the city.
Our stay in Xi’an was short but sweet. We loved our hotel. it was close to the train station, metro line, and the bus line that takes you to the Terra-Cotta warriors. ( just be sure to go to the East Side of the train station) We had a little mis-hap the day we decided to go see the warrior dig. We had read about the bus and it seemed we knew (ok I thought I knew) which bus we needed to take. It was pouring rain so the decision to jump on board was a bit rushed. After about 30 min of riding the bus and checking our position on google maps we realized there was no way this bus was going where we thought it was going. We decided to get off and walk to the nearest metro station to get us back in the vicinity of our hotel. We ended up having to walk about a mile through Xi’an in the pouring rain. After our 2 hour detour through the city we managed to find ourselves back at our origin. We realized the buses to take us to the Terra-Cotta Warrior site would be on the east side of the train station. We jumped on the correct bus and were at the Warriors within the hour. Considering our detour and long walk through the rain I wasn’t sure the kids were going to be up pushing on, but they were great. And once we arrived here was the view…
Seeing the Warriors was a highlight of our time in Xi’an. Experiencing ancient history uncovered and brought to life was awesome. The history of our world always manages to humble me. I have only recently become a fan of history and the stories of the world. But understanding how the world of humans was shaped helps me understand and accept our seemingly endless pattern of evolution and destruction. The quote ‘those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it’ seems to ring true the more history I read. One thing that gives me hope when observing the patterns of history is the gift of yoga.
I am enjoying the study of yoga philosophy and its transmutation over land and time through the teachings of Buddha and quite possibly Jesus. It is really interesting to watch the evolution and personalization of philosophy and religion in different parts of the world. Being able to view the present through the eye of the past allows me to gain perspective and hope for the future. We can learn to make better decisions for ourselves and for our species if we are willing to take the time to study our own self, to understand our fears, hopes and dreams and to realize we are not so different from those we dislike nor from those people of thousands of years past. If you are curious about mythology and whether your story is ‘unique’ to the world have a look at this list. It is just a quick glance at some of the Universal Myths that many of us are familiar with. 10 Universal Myths Link
And that ends our time in China. We had a nice uneventful train ride back to Beijing and transition through the Beijing train station. We hired a taxi to take us to our airport hotel and we were up and heading off for our flight to Bali at 2.30AM. Unfortunately Vivian had contracted a cold virus and was not feeling well. While we were in the baggage check in line she had to throw up and threw up again in the security line and then again once on the plane. Luckily, she is well practiced in the art of throwing up, she was a real trooper. Hopefully she is the only one who gets this cold ……
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Although Buddhism had made an appearance in China as early as 100CE via the Silk Road it wasn’t until the 6th century that Buddhism saw a rise in popularity and success amongst the common people and the ruling class. This temple was built in honor of Empress Wu. The first female emperor of China who had a big impact on the rise of Buddhism in China.
Xi’An city Wall
Xi’an is one of the most ancient cities in China and is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. It is the beginning of the ancient and well known Silk Road. It is a city steeped in history and has managed to bring itself into the modern world while retaining a connection to those ancient roots. The city wall is a fantastic example of the past and future blending together in a beautiful modern dance.
Terra Cotta Warriors
This awe inspiring archeological dig was well worth the 3 hours lost in the rain and the further hour by bus to get here. The detail of each warrior and the fact that each one is unique in some way blows my mind. There are many other archeological digs going on in China right now that are opening up a whole new vision of how ancient the civilizations of China really are. Fascinating!!!