China’s National Treasures – Pandas and the Terracotta Warriors
Everyone loves Pandas and at the Panda Conservation Centre near Chengdu, China is probably the best place to see them in the world.
Watching them reminded me of the Douglas Adams quote:
“…On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than
[Pandas] because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the [Pandas] had ever done was muck about… having a good time. But conversely, the [Pandas] had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
As for the The Museum of Qin featuring the Terracotta Warriors – well, China has yet to fully come to terms with their legendary Emperor who literally put the “Chin” in China. This fascinating, but very touristic, site is at the cutting edge of research into the great leader. His tomb is nearby, flooded with lakes of mercury and out of bounds to all. Until that is opened, this dig, only part of the retinue he took with him into the afterlife, is the best way to experience how it was under the man who conquered the warring tribes and united them into the amazing Chinese culture.
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