The ancient city of Xi’an, famous for its massive city walls and home of the Terracotta Warriors…
This is the top of the absolutely massive wall that is no longer required to thwart invaders.
Old school siege weapon.
With Frances, my friendly and knowledgeable guid and translator.
and, believe it or not, my lady driver…
Watermelon is a very common dessert.
Saying thank you to the restaurant owner and chefs…
Everywhere you go, you see the signs of “urbanization”, centrally-planned mass transition from rural subsistence farming to high-tech city life…
As one might expect, such efforts bring a mixed bag of blessings and burdens, gains and losses, as people are displaced from old ways of life and “modern” values compete with tradition.
Is this progress? The answer is not simple and depends on who you ask.
Power plants are being built everywhere and crank out electricity and pollution like there is no tomorrow.
View from hotel, moments before stepping out to explore the streets.
With the artist who carved my signature stamp.
Playing for “small” money…
Playing for “big” money is illegal!
Father and son enjoying a ride together.
The natural inspiration for yin yang balls.
Lap dogs seem to be quite popular.
Front row seat for some serious Chinese chess.
Figurines and bones at Hangyang tombs…
Time for supper. Many of the English translations were quite entertaining…
The world-famous terracotta warriors, eight thousand strong.
Hanging with my posse.