Xi'an as a must-see destination in China now stands up there with Beijing for those travellers interested in the history of this ancient land. The discovery of the Terra-cotta warriors, horses & chariots in 1974 by Shaaxi Province farmers & the resultant archaeological development & painstaking restoration work has catapulted Xi'an into the first rank of world tourism. The sheer scope of the site is amazing, the Qin Terra-cotta Warriors Museum is divided into three pits comprising a massive area of over 16,000 square metres! The 1000s of soldiers and horses in the main pit are lined up in rows surrounded by a rectangular, raised viewing platform, allowing visitors (vast numbers of them) to edge their way along the platform to see all of the clay figures on display. Another standout feature of the visit for me was to see Mr Yang in person (the farmer who actually discovered the pieces in 1974). The tight-lipped, camera-shy Mr Yang was given a job for life by the government to sit round all day signing books about the Terra-cotta Warriors! One of the challenges for tourists is to try to sneak a picture of him, as if he senses that someone is trying to do this, he will invariably thrust out a "No photos" sign in front of his face! Our guide told us a wonderful anecdote of Mr Yang's hilarious encounter with President Clinton in Xi'an in 1995. Before we visited the museum site itself, we visited a nearby factory where you can buy replicas of the Warriors, all ranks (foot soldiers, kneeling archers, generals, etc) & in all sizes. All manner of TCW-associated objects were for sale at the factory. Both it & the Museum represent Terra-cotta tourism overdrive! All sort of keepsake gimmicks are available for the tourist including photos of your face superimposed onto the torso of a Terra-cotta Warrior (Personalised Warrior Statue)! Non-Terra-cotta activities in Xi'an include driving, cycling or walking along the impressive, high City Walls & a visit to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.