Hello everyone. I want to tell you all about the newest adventures from my journey. After the
Paralympics, we went to a hotel in Beijing to meet the people who are joining us on the National Geographic Expedition tour. After everyone got acquainted the next morning, we went to a place called the Forbidden City, which was used in ancient times as a place where the emperor and his court lived (picture of his throne to the right).
Later, we went to the outskirts of Beijing to see the Great Wall of China. When we got there, we were followed by local farmers acting as guides. At the end of the tour, they tried to sell us stuff, like books and t-shirts so they could earn some extra money. The part of the wall we walked on was over 500 years old and was built during the Ming Dynasty. It was really huge and curvy and this was just a small part of it. The whole wall is actually thousands of miles long!
After Beijing, we flew to the city of Xi'an, home to the famous
terracotta soldiers. The terracotta soldiers are hundreds of soldiers
made out of clay that were modeled after real warriors and buried in
the ground to guard the tomb of China's first emperor in his afterlife.
One thing you may not know about the terracotta warriors is that
archeologists have only uncovered a small part of them. Also, the tomb
is the biggest one ever made, even larger than the Egyptian pyramids.
Unlike pictures you may have seen, many of the soldiers are still
buried or shattered into small pieces. This is because hundreds of
years ago, invaders from different parts of China set the tomb on fire
and collapsed it. When we were there, we got special access to see the
warriors up close. This was really cool!
China trip is great so far, but all this Asian food makes me sure miss
the food back home. I decided that we'll do great with the food once we
get to Europe, but I still have six months to go until then. I don't
think Bhutan is going to be so fun, food-wise, but that's not for
another month. In the meantime, we're looking forward to the food in
Japan since we all really love sushi. Speaking of home, it has been
really cool being on a tour because we have other really nice Americans
around to talk to and we also have experts and guides along that help
us learn about what we were seeing.
I'll write more about China next time.