XIAN

Shuyuan Hostel. Y30/nite. around $5.
Shuyuan Hostel. Y30/nite. around $5.
Muslim Chinese woman at her food stand
Muslim Chinese woman at her food stand
The ancient city walls, a shot from the doorway of our hostel
The ancient city walls, a shot from the doorway of our hostel
Terra Cotta Warrior Mannequins!
Terra Cotta Warrior Mannequins!
The Bell Tower in the center of Xian
The Bell Tower in the center of Xian
Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses museum --- Eighth Wonder of the World. About 8,000 warriors have been unearthed.
Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses museum — Eighth Wonder of the World. About 8,000 warriors have been unearthed.

ImageI ‘Jackie-cotted’ The Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics because it was too painful to watch that gargantuan torch burn continuously as the world faces a perpetual energy crisis. And it was to burn for the duration of the 3-week event. However, if you DID watch, then you may have seen these two marionettes in a performance. Apparently, it was incredible. They are huge. Hand-made. The actual ones. The real deals. At the Terra-cotta museum.

All Pictures: APR09. Xian, China. (Sony Camera and Lens)

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