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Route back east to Chicago on the current trip

Route back east to Chicago on the current trip

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East to West journey of current trip

East to West journey of current trip

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Back on the road (tracks?) again

Back on the road (tracks?) again

Amtrak vacation

This is a scheduled post likely to be old news to anyone following me on facebook.  To keep my WordPress routine going, this introductory post to my adventure was written before I got on the train and will be published when I’m already en-route.

It is a journey in the US which I planned on using the Amtrak USA Rail Pass ticket again.  It turns out this journey was cheaper to buy each ticket…

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One of the farmers who discovered the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China

One of the farmers who discovered the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China

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Detailed decorated warriors for sale at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an, China

Detailed decorated warriors for sale at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an, China

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Replica warrior for sale at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an, China

Replica warrior for sale at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an, China

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Replica Terracotta Soldiers for sale in Xi’an, China

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Pit one is what is usually depicted in most publications. It is a truly impressive view of a life-size army.

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There are foot soldiers, archers, officers, generals and even the emperor. They can each be recognised by their hair and positions.

Mostly the figures had been smashed because that emperor’s successor had tried to rob the tomb and damage the army so that he could not be overrun by it.

In the mean time two further pits have been partially excavated and buildings erected over them so that they are now part of the museum. The second pit does not have an army, instead there are archers, chariots, cavalry and infantry but not in battle formation. A lot of work is still being carried out here and there is less to see, though even in pit one archaeologists are at work.

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In pit three which is much smaller work is also being carried out. Here there seem to be entertainers rather than warriors.

This post is an extract of my mother’s travel journal written during a tour of China in 2013.

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The Army itself Pit one is what is usually depicted in most publications. It is a truly impressive view of a life-size army.
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Replica soldiers being made in Xi’an, China

Replica soldiers being made in Xi’an, China

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View of the burial mound at Emperor Qin’s mausoleum park near Xi’an, China

View of the burial mound at Emperor Qin’s mausoleum park near Xi’an, China