Finally Im able to log on to wordpress. Was in Xi’an, China for the past few days and couldn’t connect to my blog! Arghh… Now back in Shanghai.. Sigh.. I prefer it there. (Maybe because of the amount of free time we had there?)
Days in Xi’an was fun.. Understand a lot more on the Chinese Culture, and I’m really impressed this time round!
Our itinerary for one of the free day includes visiting 2 places. The “Bin Ma Yong” Museum which shows a portion of the “warriors” that is made to be buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The other place is some place like a summer palace for “Yang Gui Fei” where the main interest is the hot spring that manages to maintain its water temperature at 45 deg “naturally”.
We started our program at 10am. The journey to the “BMY” was about 30mins… When we reached the place, they have those tour guides that we can engage for the short tour. Then there was this guy who approached us immediately when we reach. He seems really aggressive. He wanted to charge us 100RMB (20SGD) for the tour… But luckily we knew the market rate.. It should only cost us 30RMB to engage one.. Thus, we totally ignore him… with him keep tagging behind talking to “himself” In the end, we got a lady guide for 36RMB. She was really good. Very detailed… Thru her explanation, I understand a lot more on the history of Emperor Qin. No doubt that he is quite ruthless. But, its important to mention that he is also intelligent! He became King at the age of 13 and passed away at the age of 50. Through out his years of ruling, he managed to make 3 great commendable history statement.
1. One Rule in China (Originally China was separated into 6 kingdoms, but he made them into one)
2. Great Wall of China (Needless to say, its amazing, though I have not seen it before yet)
3. His “burial ground” (The total size of it = 9 Singapore … Arghh…)
Only when you see it for yourself, you will feel that “how come the people from 2000+ years ago can manage to think of something like this!”
Firstly, he started to plan for his burial ground not long after he became King… Hmm.. Kinda weird huh? It was also stated that he was a very demanding leader. He wanted a underworld kingdom. Not only being a King when he is alive, but also remain one when he is dead. Thus, he wanted everything that he sees when he is living to be made for burial when he die. Even had an artifical “pond” found somewhere near the museum…
After the visit, I kept thinking… The Chinese in the Qin Dynasty really seems smart. Alot of the Techniques and Stuffs that was used were unbelievably clever. If it wasn’t for the demanding King, maybe China will be a really developed country now. (Reason was becoz the King was afraid that when he died, there will be tomb thieves. He knows the “technology he used was safe for outsiders, but he was more wary of the people whom participated in the construction of his tomb. Thus he ordered to kill every single person who knew about the construction… Sad… 😦 )
Anyway, the things Im more impressed in:
i) Material used on sword – weapons made for the Bin Ma Yong. (It did not rust at all! Even sharp enough to cut thru 20 pcs of papers when it was being dug up by the archaeologist. It was made if a very rare type of element that was only found by in US in Year 2005!)
ii) The soldier’s expression on the Bin Ma Yong – There wasn’t any repeat of expression of the Bin Ma Yong. It was made on a 1 to 1 scale of actual soldiers of that time. Our so called made to measure…
Though the exact location where Emperor Qin is buried have already been found. But no one dares to”dig” it yet. Reason is because…
From the records of history:
1. There are alot of traps preventing people to reach the body. Thus there is a worry that they might hurt the archaeologists.
2. There are water traps within… Thus there will be worries on whether the water will rush in n ruin all the things inside?
3. The body of Emperor Qin is said to be on mercury – Which is poisonous, thus, will it be safe?
Perhaps another reason was because archaeologist still do not have any technology to preserve the things yet. When the Bin Ma Yong were first found, they actually have colors on them. Just that as times goes by, they have become oxidized and became one tone… 😦 I really hope to see it… However… I think the chances are not high…
From Left: Min, Me & Lady Boss..
At the entrance of our 1st destination with the statue of Emperor Qin
Min & I outside the Pit 1 of Bin Ma Yong Museum
Poor Photography Skills by Boss… 😦
This is Pit 1 (There are a total of 600+. Only 300+ found now)
After the Bin Ma Yong Museum, we proceed to the 2nd destination: Hua Qing Gong
Again, bad photography skills by Boss…
Man made Bath Room of Yang Gui Fei
Erm… Statue of Yang Gui Fei.. Hee…
We washed our hands with the spring water. Its damn hot!
On our 2nd free day at Xi’an. We went shopping! Just some pictures below…
We went to an “Islamic” street there.. I like the look of ole buildings..
My lunch for that noon… Some Chinese Pancake.
Its Yummy !!! 🙂
Now Im back in Shanghai.. Sigh.. The horrible days will be coming…