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Tag: Xian

China’s People

Here’s a miscellaneous montage of some of China’s people who I captured with my camera.

People are people the world over.

Leo’s Story

Our guide in Xi’an, Leo, told us his fascinating family story.  His grandparents and parents were moderately well off farmers in Shaanxi province – not rich, but prosperous.  Then Mao’s Great Leap Forward happened, and Communist officials swarmed their village and kicked the family out of the house, making them work their own land, now as virtual slaves on the Commune.  They became very fearful that their lives were becoming at risk, so in the dead of night, they fled their village and moved to Xi’an. Continue reading

Misc Facts About China

Some Interesting Facts We Learned About China

There are 56 nationalities in China; the Han comprise 92% of the population of 1.4B.  Christians comprise 2% of population.  Communist Party members 6%.

The two major rivers in China are the Yellow, in the north and the Yangtze, in the south.

There were 500 emperors who reigned in China; 83 of them lived in Xian (surrounded on three sides by mountains and one side by the Yellow River). Continue reading

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

Summer Palace / Temple of Heaven

I’m still pretty sick with my cold and sore throat.  Glad I brought some Sudafed and Mucinex with me!  I hope I have enough.  I only brought a couple of nights of NyQuil, so I know I’m going to run out of that.  I’m also going to run out of throat lozenges.  Trying to communicate in a pharmacy here is going to be tough if I have to get more cold meds.

There’s lots of smog today and very overcast.  At least there’s no rain. Continue reading