This is our local guide. She is older than our group manager and she grew up in Chairman Mao’s time. As a child she believed that China was the only country in the world where people were happy and had enough to eat. She was taught that people in the west were dying in the streets by the thousand. She and her teenage friends all wanted to grow up to be soldiers for Chairman Mao.
This cyclist took one risk too many!
It is a truth that ought to be universally acknowledged that communist countries breed the best capitalists! Hence the supreme exploitation of the Terracotta warriors! One can purchase ones very own warrior, available in all sizes from small to grace the mantelpiece to enormous as a statement in the garden! Before visiting the warrior site we visited a factory that used to make beautiful laquered screens. It still has them in a back room. The main business now is warriors. The genuine article manufactured from the very same clay as the real ones, just 2000 years later!
If you dont want to buy, why not have your photo taken in a warrior shell. Most of our group opted for this slightly cheaper option!
The tourist complex itself is almost as great an achievement as the warrior army. It is a vast area with several enormous and grand buildings spread over the excavation site. Building 1 is bigger than 3 football pitches. The centre part is still being excavated.
The far end is a workshop where the broken pieces are being stick together!
A further building contains a restaurant and shop. The buidings are well spaced out with gardens and well paved and well swept paths. I was told that 50,00 people were in the site today and only the buiding that contained the chariots was in the least crowded.
I was adopted by a group of presumably, rural Chinese, who all wanted selfies taken with me. Apparently rural Chines consider westerners a strange looking species.They call us “big noses”, not more offensive than slanty eyes I suppose!