China Redux

Margery Hunter

Margery Hunter

I’ve been to China before, and many of my clients have been, but this time was very different.   Every day brought an unusual experience that most travelers don’t get.

Everyone goes to the Great Wall, but our visit was to a section of the wall where few others go and where a lovely champagne lunch awaited in one of the guard towers.

Everyone know s the story of the Terra Cotta Warriors, at Xi’an -  that the  Emperor thought he would need an army to go on fighting in the afterlife and had thousands of soldiers made out of clay.  What they don’t know is that he also worried about needing workers to support his clay army.   Everything and everyone he might need was made out of clay – cooks, maids,  shepherds,  goats, cows –even children –and buried so they would be ready when he woke up in the next world.   There they lay for 2,200 years.  Visitors walk down a long ramp back into history, and in the dim light of the great pits will see the Emperor’s court of clay.

Visitors go to Guilin to see the weird landscape of limestone mountains which rise from the valley floor.  They float the lovely Li River on bamboo rafts as it winds through fantastic landscape.   For us, though, at the end of the day, a superb dinner was given in a cave inside one of the great mountains.