We went to the Forbidden City, where the emperor used to live. In the Forbidden City, there are huge doors that each have nine, big, gold knobs on them, which Tyler and I rubbed for good luck. Diane told us that nine is a very lucky number in China. There were also nine animals on the ends of the roofs. The Forbidden City was the only place in China allowed to have these nine animals on the roof because that's where the emperor lived.
The next day, we went to the Lama Temple. There are a lot of different Buddha statues there, and the last one is gigantic. It is about 75 feet tall and was in the Guinness Book of World Records! If you wanted to see the top of it, you had to lean your head all the way back to see the face. We didn't get any pictures of the giant Buddha because we weren't allowed to take photos inside the temple. I got good pictures of the Confucian Temple, which is where we went next. It housed a big statue of Confucius who was a very important Chinese teacher.
Last but certainly not least, we saw the terracotta warriors in Xi'an. They were put in the first emperor of China's tomb, which took over 40 years to build. They started building the tomb when the emperor was only 14.
When the emperor died, another kingdom took over and they raided the tomb and destroyed a lot of the warriors. There was a special place where they are trying to restore the broken ones and because we were with National Geographic Expeditions, we got to go into this special area and see the warriors up close. We got to stand right next to them! Each warrior had a different face and a different body. We saw Pit #1 and Pit #2 of the tomb, but Pit #3 wasn't finished yet. They are hoping that there will be more terracotta warriors that weren't destroyed and are still painted.
Finally, here's a fun picture of me juggling!
So, that was my second week in China. I'll write again after my third week.