Xi'an, China
TJD 02 - 26 - 2010

The morning was a chilly 55 degrees. We departed from the hotel at 9:00 a.m. to have a tour of the Shaanxi Historical Museum. The museum is comprised of three exhibitions. This included relics from the Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and the Qing Dynasties. I learned communities throughout China used advanced technologies to manufacture paper. Also, I had a sense of appreciation for the craftsmanship of pottery figures, chinaware, and jewelry. The Tang dynasty was one of the most fascinating exhibits. Gold was a commonly utilized precious metal to represent prosperity. Also, this exhibit was helpful for me to understand how these dynasties became influential. Following the museum, we went to a terracotta warrior factory/ tourist store. There have been several visits to these businesses thus far on the World Tour-4. These stops not been enjoyable since customers are manipulated mentally into buying a high priced item. Business owners have created several tactics to lure visitors to a sale. Demonstrations are used for visitors to gain an understanding of why a purchase should be made. A one hour drive to The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang followed the clay warrior factory visit. The museum site was discovered in 1974 as a farmer was drilling for a well. He was not successful finding water. Although, the farmer discovered 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, and 520 horses constructed with terra cotta. Also, the museum is comprised of three pits. Pit number one is the most impressive. This is a structure of over 170,000 square feet and protects six thousand soldiers from climatic conditions. I was intrigued by the lifelike appearance of the warriors. Each warrior had a unique facial expression. Surprisingly, each figure was created without using a single mold. After the Terra Cotta Warrior Museum we gained an understanding of cultures in rural China. We visited a community where living quarters were built inside the mountain. The space was divided into a kitchen, entertainment area, and a bedroom. These living environments were energy efficient by reducing heating and cooling. Also, by visiting this community, I was able to gain an understanding of how living with minimal personnel belongings can lead to a life of happiness. The evening concluded with a Chinese musical performance. The show was a representation of the Tang dynasty’s music and dances. I enjoyed listening to authentic oriental musical instruments. Also, I was marveled by the intricate details of costumes. The performance gave me an insight of the Tang Dynasty’s culture. Top Right Image: Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show Bottom Right Image: The Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang

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