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Terracotta Warriors Review & Guide

We took the green tourist bus from the main train station in Xi’an straight to the Terracotta Warriors site. It took about 2 hours. The bus kept going, but the lady told us right where we needed to get off. We didn’t see any major signs saying we were at the Warriors Museum, but we had learned that we should have listened to the lady on the bus when we went to the Great Wall, so we decided to trust this one. And she was right, too. We walked through all the shops and restaurants to the ticket booth and…

Xi’an Muslim Quarter and City Wall

It took forever to find our hotel, because neither Google Maps nor Hotels.com put the pin in the right place. The address turned out to be correct, but even locals had trouble pointing us in the right direction. We eventually went into a bank that was near where one of the pins told us to be, and they called the hotel for us and gave us directions. Thank goodness. Turns out our hotel is in one of the easiest places to find, we just didn’t know it. The Bell Tower is in the center of the city (both geographically and…

Sleeper Train Beijing to Xi’an

I’m going to make a video about this with a lot more detail, but I wanted to post here with some pictures too. We took a sleeper train from Beijing to Xi’an. The trip took about 11 hours. We left at a little before 9pm and arrived in Xi’an around 8am this morning. Beijing West was a confusing madhouse. There were so many people sitting around in what we thought was our waiting room. Announcements were made in Chinese, it seemed like platforms were being switched, and we started just looking for other tourists to follow. But nobody really knew…