The rest of the day was spent relaxing and discovering some tasty food for a change! I'm sure there is lots of yummy food to be had but for some reason we had not had much luck and had run to MacDonalds a number of times already! Our main reason to be in Xi'an was to see the Terracotta army and so the next day we headed out to the site. Although you would have thought that the army would be the main attraction, we ended up being runners up as the attraction, nearly everyone asked for photographs with us all day which was fine at first but then a few weird people were trying to sneakily film and take pictures of us and whenever we caught them, they'd quickly run away or pretend they weren't when it was so obvious, after a while it became rather disconcerting and annoying! All I can say is I'm so glad I'm not famous! We didn't see any other Westerners and actually after leaving Beijing we didn't see any until we came to Yangshuo later on.
The site of the Terracotta army was absolutely amazing and the fact that they have only uncovered 1% of the buried site is amazing. The whole place was very well laid out and the statues and objects were so beautiful. Each warrior has individual characteristics and there are also horses, chariots, 40,000 bronze weapons and more, all made to protect the Emperor in his next life. The army was discovered by farmers digging a well to find a pit containing 6,000 life-size statues in 1974. So far archaeologists have uncovered a 20 sq m area with 8,000 soldiers as well as other artefacts. The emperors tomb is yet to be uncovered but is marked by a pyramid mound, there are streams of mercury running within it, hence the trepidation to excavate. It was created by the same man who made the Great Wall, Qin Shi Huang who is credited with unifying all the provinces under one government but is also known for his cruelty.