Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit

Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit, Xi'an

Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit

Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit
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Are you a compatriot of Dr.Bethune?
Sep 2015
My taxi driver had never heard of this place in her 18 years of driving career.Neither had many people we asked on our way until a young man led us there. The door was closed and locked.We knocked.After a while,a man opened the door and I told him my intention to visit.He left and,moments later,another man appeared.My taxi driver called him 领导 or the person in charge and told him that I had come from faraway. "Where are you from?"he asked. "Canada."I answered. "Are you a compatriot of Dr.Bethune?" (Note:Dr.Norman Bethune was a Canadian doctor who went to Yanan,China,the heart of Communists,during World War II to care for the sick and to train doctors.) "Yes,I am.I like him very much,"said I. "Come in!" I thus gained access into a fold of space-time continuum.The air smelled of old history books.My excitement was matched many times over by what met my eyes. In the centre of a hut of about 200 square meters,there was a huge sunken archaeological pit.My path led to a walkway which surrounded it on a higher ground.The walls were full of explanatory diagrams. There,in the yellow soil of the pit,half immersed in 3000 years ago and half exposed to modern age,were chariots and horse skeletons with exquisite bronze and sea-shell harnesses,topped with silver decorative plates of the frontal faces of scary beasts.One thousand year earlier than both Terracotta warriors of Qin and Roman Ben Hur. A tiny arrow pointed to a human toe bone belonging to the slave charioteer,a victim of ritual sacrifice.He would have been pleased to know that feudalism is long gone,though residues of Zhou Li ritual (周礼) still permeates everyday life.He should have been proud too that,like a Grecian urn,he has achieved immortality. (Note:An exact replica is present in Shaanxi museum or Xian museum,I don't recall.Lastly,I sincerely thank the government officials who let me inside.)

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Just Ok
Feb 2018 • Friends
Western Zhou Chariot Burial Pit - Nothing really special to see other than the historical significance.
Written August 8, 2018
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Weedinthewind
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Are you a compatriot of Dr.Bethune?
Sep 2015 • Solo
My taxi driver had never heard of this place in her 18 years of driving career.Neither had many people we asked on our way until a young man led us there.
The door was closed and locked.We knocked.After a while,a man opened the door and I told him my intention to visit.He left and,moments later,another man appeared.My taxi driver called him 领导 or the person in charge and told him that I had come from faraway.
"Where are you from?"he asked.
"Canada."I answered.
"Are you a compatriot of Dr.Bethune?"
(Note:Dr.Norman Bethune was a Canadian doctor who went to Yanan,China,the heart of Communists,during World War II to care for the sick and to train doctors.)
"Yes,I am.I like him very much,"said I.
"Come in!"
I thus gained access into a fold of space-time continuum.The air smelled of old history books.My excitement was matched many times over by what met my eyes.
In the centre of a hut of about 200 square meters,there was a huge sunken archaeological pit.My path led to a walkway which surrounded it on a higher ground.The walls were full of explanatory diagrams.
There,in the yellow soil of the pit,half immersed in 3000 years ago and half exposed to modern age,were chariots and horse skeletons with exquisite bronze and sea-shell harnesses,topped with silver decorative plates of the frontal faces of scary beasts.One thousand year earlier than both Terracotta warriors of Qin and Roman Ben Hur.
A tiny arrow pointed to a human toe bone belonging to the slave charioteer,a victim of ritual sacrifice.He would have been pleased to know that feudalism is long gone,though residues of Zhou Li ritual (周礼) still permeates everyday life.He should have been proud too that,like a Grecian urn,he has achieved immortality.
(Note:An exact replica is present in Shaanxi museum or Xian museum,I don't recall.Lastly,I sincerely thank the government officials who let me inside.)
Written August 29, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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