China – Flower Blossoms & Peony Festival Tour
April 8th to April 22nd, 2008
 

April 16: Luoyang – Xian
This morning we transferred to the train station and took an Express train to Xian, China’s ancient capital city during the great Tang Dynasty. It was a great time for all. We had wonderful seating and every once in a while fellows would come down the aisles selling things…the group had great fun with this and also had fun getting up and doing morning exercises with the locals on the train. “In the West, there was Rome; whilst in the East, none could compare to Xian”. Upon arrival we visited the Ancient City Wall and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang. Built of brick, its structure is very firm. Inside the pagoda, stairs twist up so that visitors can climb and overlook the panorama of Xian City from the arch-shaped doors on four sides of each storey. It stands at 64.5 metres high.
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shaanxi/xian/bigwildgoose.htm

This evening, enjoy a special Dumpling dinner with Tang Dynasty Show. As you can see by the pictures, the food and entertainment was incredible.
Xian Hotel http://www.xahotel.com/En/Ourhotel.htm


April 17: Xi’an - Suzhou
This was a day full of excitement as we headed off to visit the Terra-Cotta Army of Qin Shihuangdi, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world - The Grand Mausoleum of Qin Emperor, the first emperor of China, protected by more than 6000 life size Terra-Cotta Warriors and horses. The exhibit contains multiple exhibition halls, the largest of which is 180 meters by sixty meters in size. The entire site houses the continuing excavation of an army of 6,000 Terra-Cotta soldiers and horses that guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of a unified China whose geographical region approached the country’s modern area.

It is a stunning exhibition of ancient artifacts that is well laid out and easy to view. The Terra Cotta Warriors lie in China’s most famous pomegranate growing area, where, weather permitting, we’ll enjoy their spring blossoms. Much bigger than what you might think with many buildings housing exhibits.
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shaanxi/xian/terra_cotta_army/

Then in the evening, we made a short flight to Shanghai then dinner and transfer to Suzhou.
Bamboo Grove Hotel http://www.bg-hotel.com/E_web/zhgk.html
 

 

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