Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for Xian, China

While I have posted about 'bucket-list' destinations, places I never intended to go, and roads that no longer exist, this is about the trip I never got to take.

In 2006, I planned a two-week trip to China.  I was very excited about going.  My alma mater was arranging the trip and I was going to be sharing a room with a very nice woman from Beaufort, South Carolina.  I would be traveling in June, 2007.

One day at work in February, 2007, I was walking into my office and slipped on the floor.  Down I went and when I looked at my leg, I saw bone protruding.  The end result of this was that I had what is called a tri-maleolar fracture.  There was surgery and my leg was in a cast until the first of June.  Hence, no trip to China.  Or anywhere else for that matter.

So, I never got to Xian.  My main reason for going here was to see the terra cotta warriors.  This is still on my list of places to visit, but I find that as I get older, I no longer relish the idea of packing up all my belongings and hopping on a plane for a few weeks away from home.

Here is a picture of the warriors in the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.

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The tomb was constructed in 210-209 B.C. and the figures serve to protect the emperor in the afterlife.  The tomb was discovered in 1974.

6 comments:

  1. What a pity you couldn't go! I saw one or two of the warriors an an exhibition in NYC - amazing!

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  2. That's such a shame. I'd love to see the terracotta warriors and the big old wall.
    Have a great weekend. :-)

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  3. It's on my list. I missed a trip to Israel and Jordan in 1996 when I slipped on ice and broke my elbow. I went the next winter -- after the second surgery -- and had a great time. Petra was one of the most exciting sights I've ever seen.

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  4. Just stopping by from the A-Z Challenge list to say "Hi" :)

    Interesting post honey!

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge, although, not far to go now ;)

    xx (www.the-view-outside.com)

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  5. I'm so sorry you had such a dreadful accident to stop you going. I've also found that I have no desire to travel these days - unless it's by train or car. I was lucky enough to do a lot of travelling when it was still fun.
    I saw the warriors at an exhibition in London - they were very special. In fact I'm sure I've seen them twice!
    Hope you've enjoyed your A to Z-ing
    Jemima at Jemima's blog

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