Another first...we were left hanging, waiting for our tour guide who never showed up. We were to be picked up at 8am at our Hostel, and we were to see the Wild Goose Pagoda, the Muslim Quarter, and the Terracotta Warriors. We had an early pick up time worked out, so that we could see everything, and still make it to the train station for our overnight train ride to Beijing. We tried contacting the guide, but to no avail (we were later to learn - the next day) that there was some sort of miss-communication regarding time (easy enough to believe when you're speaking different languages). So we decided to go with the flow, and just concentrate on fitting in the Terracotta Warriors. Off we went to hail a cab in the pouring rain.
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses (also known as the Terracotta Army), is a collection of terracotta sculptures of the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It was a form of funerary art buried with the Emperor in 210 B.C., and it was created to protect the Emperor in his afterlife.
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One other thing I (David) will always remember, is the great conversation I had with a young Chinese couple as we all waited for our trains. They were both Graduate Students in University, and they (along with his parents) were off for a trip to Shanghai. They spotted us out as being English speaking, and were very eager to practice their English with someone. I was very impressed with their level of English, and we had a wonderful talk for almost an hour. Everything from when they were hoping to get married (as they are fiances) to what the younger generation of Chinese go through when trying to decide on a career. A lot of things that probably most of us Canadians don't have to think about (family responsibilities being a major issue). They were just the sweetest people, and I wished them well in their futures, when their train came to take them away.
Next stop...Beijing, China!!