After wrapping up his whirlwind tour of Beijing, Arti took an overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.
He stayed in a hotel right next to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda:
The next day was rainy, a good time to stay indoors and visit the terra cotta warriors site. There are big warehouses covering the three large pits full of warriors.
On the way back to the hotel, Arti stopped at a market selling wholesale herbal medicines, including dried snakes and turtle shells.
He walked on top of the Xi'an city wall, the largest remaining city wall that encompasses the city center.
Then he spent a night at a farmer's village near town. Most of the villagers had moved to a newly built area, but the older homes remained nearby.
Then there was a short plane trip and a long bus ride past rice paddies and lotus ponds on the way to the Yangtze river!