Travels with Elizabeth

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Category: Xi’an

Xi’an – Big Wild Goose Pagoda

We started this very cloudy (smoggy) morning with a relatively short ride south of town to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Da Ci’en Si Temple and Monastery.  A short walk through a park led us to the leaning 210 feet tall pagoda – it has a definite list to the right.  It was built in 652 AD by the Emperor to house the sacred Buddhist texts that were brought back from India by the monk, Xuanzang.

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Xi’an – Terra Cotta Warriors

My cold is getting a little better.   Still incredibly stuffed up in my sinuses and my throat occasionally hurts, but at least I don’t have that warm and sicky feeling.

Another smoggy day.

After a long drive to get to the Terra Cotta Warriors, we were almost there when we got stopped several car lengths back from the entrance toll booth because of a visit by the female Australian Prime Minister.  We had to wait about 20 minutes.  Big black SUVs and limos rolled right on by. Continue reading