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Splendors of the Silk Road: Xian

By Alysa Pakkidis | 2/10/15

Terracotta Warriors in Xian by GeoEx

My journey along the Silk Road began in Xian with this view of the fabled Terracotta Warriors. What a perfect beginning!

Often called "the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century," the warriors are displayed in a site that is far more vast than I had imagined. Every soldier is unique and it's easy to lose yourself studying the skillful craft manifest in every single figure. The sense of the past, of the rich and deep history here, was palpable. The magnitude of it all was incredibly impressive and suggested something of the magnitude of our extraordinary journey to come.

I was also lucky enough to be in Xian during the Harvest Moon Festival. Walking through the Muslim Quarter at night, I experienced an exciting mix of colorful sights, sounds, and delicious aromas of street food, all alongside exploding fireworks. It was a real treat to be there celebrating with everyone.

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Read more from the Splendors of the Silk Road blog series:
Splendors of the Silk Road: Dunhuang
Splendors of the Silk Road: Kashgar
Splendors of the Silk Road: Krygyzstan
Splendors of the Silk Road: Uzbekistan

For more information on this journey, visit The Silk Road: A Journey Through Time or call a GeoEx destination specialist at 888-570-7108.

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