11.09.2012 22 °C
Well we have now reached Tibet, however, I need to catch you up on a few things.
Our last full day in Xi'an we visited the Terracotta Warriors. This place is truly amazing, you really need to see it to understand the size of this place. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are part of tomb built for the first Emporer of the Qin Dynasty over 2,000 years ago. This guy was such a narcisist that he commissioned work to commence on his tomb when he was only 13. At this time China was not yet unified and at 13 he became King of his state. When he took over his states politial affairs in his twenties, and in his 30's he unified China and hence became the first Emporer of China. The Qin Dynasty only lasted 15 years as all monies were spent on the tomb and the Great Wall.
After the Warriors we explored XI'an city wall. This wall is the best preserved city in all of China and dates back around 600 years. After this we visited the Muslim Markets as Xi'an has a reasonably high muslim population.
We then had to leave the following day (today) at the rediculous hour of 5.30 to catch our plane to Lhasa.
We have had a pretty easy day toady in Lhasa to acclamate to the high altitude. The altitude has affected poor Zia to the ppoint she is bed ridden, hopefully she will be able to make it out tomorrow. We will be visiting the Summer Palace (where the Dalai Lama lives) and Jakong temple - another pretty easy day, but the day after will be physical when we visit the Potala Palace where will have to climb just over 300 stairs to reach the top.
I'm currently using the hotel computer, so I won't be able to load up any photos until I can get back on mine.