A good indication of the enjoyment of a day is the number of photographs taken, today we took 270 which will overjoy our children as they will be shown everyone on our return!
The day started in a Taoist Temple on the outskirts of the city
Next stop was to meet a farmer who you lives in a cave! Improbably as it may sound 30 million Chinese live in caves, this chap inherited it from his parents who in turn took it over from theirs
The cave is dry, cool in summer and cool in winter, if you don't mind living at 2C all year round it has a lot to be said for it. There was a wooden front to the cave with a door, the cooking range was outside in a sort of lean too shelter, everything else was inside (we didn't discuss toilets, I presume there were public ones in the village). The bed platform was built above boxes where hot coals were put to act as a bed warmer, forerunner to electric blankets possibly.
The sad thing, although neither the guide nor the man himself seemed bothered, was that after many generations of living there in some peace the cave was now surrounded by new buildings.
After that we went and saw some warriors, you will have heard about these from other quarters. As expected they were great; anyone who shows an interest we will bore to tears with 270 pictures.
Temples, Caves and One or Two Warriors
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China