As a quick look back in time, Dave & I took a fast train from Beijing to Xi'an on Halloween, giving just enough time to celebrate the holiday with some photo opps.
On the train ride in we met a new friend Dong Dong who was absolutely delightful and as hungry to learn about the USA as we were to know about China. Dave & I visited the internationally famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Our new friend, a local, was amazed that we liked this sort of thing and was way more interested in learning about the USA & comparing car stats and costs with Dave. Most interestingly, he told us that 5 years ago he could not ever imagine having a car. He told us that while touring us around Xi'an and, ridiculously generously, buying us lunch & taking us to the airport. 5 years ago? That is fast growth!!
The Warriors were impressive, though mostly as a testament to one man's ego (who admittedly united a country) and his ability to manage 700,000 slaves.
Around the old city of Xi'an is a wall (reminding Dave of the Luca wall in Italy that his family knows so well) and there was a Samsung 5k & marathon that day on the Xi'an wall. Take a look at the air quality. Would you want to run on that day? The one runner I spoke with said she was required to run in the 5K as part of her university scholarship.
Lastly Dave, Dong Dong & I visited another tomb and saw an original pottery barn, as this Emperor wanted to make sure he had some pottery and cows, etc., to join him forevermore.
That's it for now. Soon we will have Vietnam posts!