X is for Xian

Xian (pronounced She-an) was part of my first trip to mainland China in April 2003. Visiting the Terracotta Warriors was undoubtedly the highlight – thousands of them marching towards you, as they have been for 2000 years, and many more still to be excavated. Amazing. Less pleasantly, I remember the toilet arrangements at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda being the worst I have ever encountered. And that’s saying something – there might be a book in there someday!

38 thoughts on “X is for Xian

  1. terracotta army December 18, 2015 / 07:10

    The Warriors at Qin Shi Huang’s Unesco World Heritage Site
    aretruly special. Well worth a visit from the city off Xian.
    It takes about an hour by taxi to reach the site.
    Great photo opportunities.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. hungrydai May 10, 2014 / 03:11

    I am probably the only tourist in the world who visited Xi’an and didn’t go to see the terracotta warriors. There was heavy rain throughout my stay there and we were two independent backpackers. The friend braved it and went but I stayed dry back in the hotel. I have been to many places around China, always with a backpack and using trains and buses.


    • Anabel Marsh May 10, 2014 / 08:31

      You missed a treat! However, I wouldn’t be brave enough to tackle China as a backpacker (or anywhere, actually.)


      • hungrydai May 10, 2014 / 10:10

        Backpacking is the way to go, staying in budget hotels and travelling by railway sleeping car. I don’t think I ever missed my daily shower and travelled in China for around £8 a day excluding transport and admission charges. That way I could stay in China for a month each time and niot break the bank. Trying to buy railway tickets in sign language with 20 people waiting behind us can be a bit taxing though.


  3. Lori L MacLaughlin May 1, 2014 / 02:49

    The terracotta warriors are amazing! And what painstaking work to unearth them.


    • Anabel Marsh May 1, 2014 / 07:38

      They are! And the incredible effort to make them all in the first place.


  4. Travelling Book Junkie April 30, 2014 / 17:35

    I am so glad I am not the only person that makes comments about toilets, my husband now asks me how I rate the toilets wherever we go because I have expressed so many thoughts about them in the past. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh April 30, 2014 / 20:20

      They are very important! And I have found some absolute shockers – definitely a book in there.


      • Travelling Book Junkie April 30, 2014 / 20:39

        Some shockers and some that have absolutely surprised me – I remember heading into a local market in Italy years ago, expecting to find a horrendous toilet, only to find the cleanest, albeit hole in the ground, I have ever come across. I think a book would be appreciated by so many – at least they would then know what to expect 🙂


        • Anabel Marsh April 30, 2014 / 20:48

          I don’t get the hole in the ground thing. The older I get the harder getting up and down is and you certainly don’t want to touch the floor. It must be really difficult for elderly people.


          • Travelling Book Junkie April 30, 2014 / 23:10

            Given the option its not my preference, coming from the UK its not the natural choice either. I remember my first experience at the age of 11, it was quite a shock. I think the majority of countries are slowly moving over to what I call a ‘proper’ toilet and what I often hear being referred to on my travels as a ‘British’ toilet. 🙂


            • Anabel Marsh April 30, 2014 / 23:21

              British, hmm, didn’t think we had the monopoly! But possible a legacy of the British Empire in many parts of the world?


  5. jenny@atasteoftravel April 29, 2014 / 17:23

    Oh…don’t start me on the toilets in China…you can imagine how they were 20 years before you went!! No wonder I have no desire to go back!


    • Anabel Marsh April 29, 2014 / 17:43

      It does make it very difficult. I’m glad I’ve seen what I’ve already seen but it does temper my desire to go back.


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