The last day of school was Thursday but we decided to wait until Saturday to leave on our last Chinese adventure. Friday was spent doing the last minute packing and cleaning of the apartment before we left it for the final time. Because we had no food left, we managed several meals in our favourite haunts. Took lots of pictures. Autumn, one of our favourite drivers, took us on our last trip to the... Read Full Entry
The WilsonsInChina blog charts the course of our three year adventure in China between 2008 and 2011. Dianne was a school administrator in Canada and heard about this opportunity just after retiring. Peter was an IT professional whose last contract ended just as Dianne decided that China sounded like an exciting adventure. He taught ESL one year but spent the rest of the time supporting Dianne as she shared her great knowledge and experience with the Chinese and Western teachers at the Maple Leaf International School in Dalian. China. While we are back in Canada now, our adventures are ToBeCon... full info
Row upon rowThe warriors line up four by four in what seems like endless columns. And there are more to be discovered.
No two alike?They say all the soldiers are unique. When you get up close you do see differences in each soldier.
Horticultural ExpoShanghai may have had the big Expo but Xi'an had itw own, a huge horticultural expo. Dianne loved the pomegranate mascot. We were chatting with four young male students. One said "You must go to it!" Another said "No, it is boring". Luckily, we had a full schedule so we didn't have a choice.
New siteThis billboard highlights a new tomb several kilometers from the warriors site. It is the tomb of yet another emperor. The site is currently being developed for tourism and is several kilometers in each direction. Amazing sites.
EquipmentThis isn't something used in the warriors day. This wheelbarrow is being used in today's project.
The huddled massesWhen we arrived back in town we discovered these folks camped out under the wall. Never did figure out why they were there.
Water parkThey really seem to like these water parks in Xi'an. This park was just in the middle of town with nothing around it to say why it was there. Just a nice place to have lunch. There were lots of kids enjoying the spray and feeding the pigeons.
The Great MosqueThe mosque is much more Chinese than you would expect in a Muslim mosque. No domes or minarets. It dates from 742 which is just over 100 years from the death of the Prophet.
More MosqueAnother view of the mosque which is supposed to be the largest and best preserved in China.
ArabicJust to show there is some evidence of the Abrabic background to the mosque
DoorsPretty old door. Note Chinese characters which are much more common in the mosque
WellWell preserved sample of how they got water in the old days.
Chef at workThis guy was preparing our lamb supper. He was pretty busy so we figuered his food must be good. Not sure exactly what he put in it though.
The Bell TowerEvery city seems to have a bell tower (for morning) and a drum tower (for evening) . One sign told us the drums were beaten every two hours during the night so you knew what time it was. I don't think I would care. Aparently the emperor didn't either as they weren't beaten if he was in residence!
Prepared for anythingPeople seemed to take the rain in stride. This guy was well prepared. Our favourite, which we weren't ready to photograph, was a parent and child on a tandem bike with a tandem rain coat that covered both of them and they could both still see where they were going!