Deb’s and Finnie’s Life in Weihai – Entry 23b

June 13.

On June 13, we visited the Banpo archeological site, an ongoing archeological dig of an area of several Neolithic villages dating from 4500 BCE. With a village protection system of moats, an organized system of burying the dead, a large collection of pottery, hunting and farming tools, the site demonstrated the level of living conditions of the people in the village.

sm Xi'an Banpo Ancient Village museum entrance sm Xi'an Banpo ancient town museum 4   

                Entrance                                      Excavated Residential area    

sm Xi'an Banpo ancient town museum 5 sm Xi'an Banpo ancient town museum 7

Excavated Residential area                       Excavated Residential area

 sm Xi'an Banpo ancient town museum 86 sm Xi'an Banpo ancient town museum 88

Tools

sm Xi'an Banpo ancient town museum 95 sm Xi'an Banpo ancient town museum 122

Tools:  hunting and cooking

After our visit to Banpo, we visited the “official” terracotta duplication factory and lacquer furniture factory.  The site of the mining of the clay for the original terracotta warriors is unique in quality, and so it has been restricted for use only to make copies of the terracotta statues in this particular factory.  The factory makes copies of a variety of the terracotta statues in many different sizes from very small to original size.  In addition, statues can be purchased painted or without paint. Finally, the factory store also sells lacquer furniture and artworks.   As tempting as the various products were, we managed to leave everything in the store at the end of our tour!

sm Xi'an Terracotta replication factory -  full-size warriors sm Xi'an Terracotta replication factory small mold for warrior

       Full-size copies                           Mold for small warrior copies

 sm Xi'an Terracotta replication factory finishing a cast sm Xi'an Terracotta replication factory painted horses

finishing a new cast                                  Painted horses

 sm Xi'an Terracotta and Lacquer factory  table and chairs sm Xi'an Terracotta and Lacquer factory - table and chairs 2

Lacquer Furniture

After lunch, we drove out to the site of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses,  about 30 km from the center of Xi’an.  The mausoleum was built for the Emperor Qin Shi Huang. “Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. … A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974.” (Wikipedia) This is a huge site with three separate archeological digs. Pit #1 is the location of the well photographed warriors and horses. It is enormous and boggles the mind to think about the huge amount of labor that was required to cast the life-sized warriors and horses and then bury them underground. One of the farmers (Mr. Yang) who discovered the site works for the museum on-site and autographs a picture book describing the site and how he and his fellow farmers discovered the site. Finnie bought a copy of the book and had the farmer sign it!

sm Xi'an -- entrance to Mausoleum, looking across to Li shan sm XI'an -- Pit 1 completed area 6  

View of Lishan from Mausoleum entrance                  Some soldiers                  

sm Xi'an -- Pit 1 warrier repair area 5 sm Xi'an ancient chrome plated weapons 2

“Hospital area (repair of statues)                   Chrome-plated weapon   

sm Xi'an -- Farmer Yang -- one six farmers who discovered the terracotta site sm Xi'an -- Farmer Yang and Finnie Shaking Hands

Farmer Yang, one of the discoverers     Finnie shaking Farmer Yang’s hand

sm Covered Chariot 3 sm Xi'an terracotta warrior museum --  Deb's Chariot

High tech chariot                                Deb’s chariot

After visiting the Terracotta Warrior site, we visited another ancient site called the Huaqing Hot Springs.  The springs have been used for over 6000 years and the site of a palace first built in the 11th century BC and added on to by subsequent emperors. A major addition was completed during the Tang dynasty by Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) for his concubine Yang Guifei. A large statue of Yang Guifei stands in the garden. It is a very beautiful area situated at the base of Mount LiShan. “It was the shelter of Empress Dowager Cixi after the Eight-Power Allied Force captured Peking in 1900, and was also the temporary residence of Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party during the world-famous Xian Incidence in 1936.” (Wikipedia) At the end of our time there, we relaxed by soaking our feet in the warm spring water – very refreshing!

 sm Xi'an Huaqing Hot Springs small pavallion and stature of Lady Yang sm Xi'an Huaqing Hot Springs Chiang Kaishek residence - site of Xi'an Incident office of Chiang

Entrance Plaza at Hot Springs                    Chiang Kaishek Office

sm Xi'an Huaqing Hot Springs Chiang Kaishek residence - site of Xi'an Incident meeting room bullet hole sm Xi'an Huaqing Hot Springs Chiang Kaishek residence - site of Xi'an Incident -- bedroom

Bullet Hole from Xian Incident              Chiang Kaishek bathroom

sm Xi'an Huaqing Hotsprings foot bath with Deb sm Xi'an Huaqing Hotsprings foot bath hair wash sculpture

Foot bath trough                            Hair Wash Statue

On the evening of June 13, we were taken to a Muslim restaurant by a colleague of Finnie’s, who is the international education director at Xi’an University of Posts and Telecommunication. Wang HongLei and her son treated us to a delicious and filling dinner of mutton soup. HongLei gave us a beautiful gift of a carved jade cabbage. The jade is a local jade that is a milky white color.

We will continue this entry in 23c!

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