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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Silk Road: Xi’an – 2013

"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you..." - Lao Tzu
Day 02: 23 May 2013
(Terracotta Warriors)

Xi’an is the capital city of Shaanxi Province, the start point of the ancient Silk Road, most famed for its army of terracotta warriors and horses. Other attractions are the Ancient City Wall, the Drum and Bell Towers of Xi'an, the Great Mosque of Xi'an and the Stele Forest.

(View of Xi'an City from our hotel room)

Today’s excursion started with a 45-minutes bus ride to an archeology site of Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shihuang. This is the largest archaeological discoveries in the world where there are 3 exhibition halls, the largest is 10,800 square meters where Terracotta soldiers and horses were excavated.

(Chequered lawn outside The Terracotta Museum)
(Terracotta Workshop and Show room)
(Replicas of Terracotta soldiers in the factory)

The Terracotta Warriors represent only a small portion of the eight thousand strong underground army buried in front of the Emperor Qin shihuang's tomb to defend him in the afterlife. The craftsmanship attested by each of the statues is as stupendous as the scale of the project. 700,000 forced laborers were sacrificed to construct his tomb which begun as soon as he ascended the throne. The Terracotta Warriors form just one of the many barriers the ruthless Emperor employed to protect his tomb for eternity.

(The largest pit where terracotta warriors and horses were excavated)
(Complete terracotta warriors on display)
(Remnants yet to be restored)

From the Terracotta Museum we went back to the city to have a late lunch at one of the many Muslim restaurants in the Muslim quarters. After lunch we walked for a short distance to the most famous mosque in Xi’an and its nearby Muslim community and Bazaar. The Great Mosque of Xi'an, located near the Drum Tower is the oldest, well-preserved and one of the most renowned mosques in the country.

(The entrance of the Great Mosque of Xi’an)
(The entrance to the courtyards)

The mosque remains a popular tourist site of Xi'an, and is still used by Chinese Muslims mainly the Hui people. Unlike most mosques, the Great Mosque of Xi'an is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations, the mosque has neither domes nor traditional-style minarets.

(The main prayer hall)
(Intricate calligraphy around the Grand Mosque)

We performed our prayers in the mosque and later were given a few hours free time to shop in the Bazaar before we had dinner in the same restaurant. For tonight's dinner we had the famous pulled noodle soup with beef, a traditional local Chinese dish.

(In the Muslim Quarters, getting to know the locals)
(The famous pulled noodle dish and spicy chicken satay)

Tonight we stayed another night at The Grand New World Hotel.

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