It is just as impressive as the photo suggests. I will not going into the detail of the funerary statues of the Chinese emperor Quin Shi Huang. You can read about in the wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta_Army) or somewhere else for a short summary or even better read an inexpensive book about it (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Terracotta-Army-John-Man/dp/0553819143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263256674&sr=8-1).
One of the two bronze chariot models which were found in 1980 in two wooden boxes:
After a cup of tea in a nice tea house with our guide (a young woman who had studied history and English at university) we went to see the 'Tang Palace Dance Show' which included a dimsum dinner. Quite touristy, but nevertheless enjoyable. Let us not discuss the Tang dynasty authenticity here.
And here are super yummie vegetarian dumplings or dim sums from the Tang Dynasty Dance and Dinner Show:
An exhausting day, but also a very memorable day. Although I knew what was waiting for me, the terracotta army was just an overwhelming experience. I'm very glad I had the opportunity to see them live at the very site they had been buried more than 2000 years ago. All the exertions of the long flight were forgotten, this one day was worth it already.
But it doesn't stop here, so stay tuned in for more on beautiful Xi'an :)