8,000 Buried Warriors


I arrived in Xian (pronounced See-ann) yesterday, and immediately went out exploring. I only had two nights booked here, so I knew I needed to move fast if I wanted to capture all of the sites. I started immediately with the parks and pagodas in Xian. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was my first stop and I was able to capture some great images. My seven hour walk took me to Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park next. There were scores of locals enjoying this beautiful park. It is a huge open area with a large cascading waterfall as the centrepiece of the park. The weather has warmed up significantly since my last stop, so I am able to stay outdoors much longer. The area surrounding this park and the Tang Paradise has been beautified and looks nothing like the surrounding city of Xian. Cherry blossoms line both sides of the spotless boulevard and add a sweet aroma to an otherwise very polluted, overcrowded and dirty city.

The day of walking with all my gear took a serious toll on me. I had a 5:00am alarm set for this morning and I had a hard time getting myself out of bed. Once I was up, I knew this day was going to be pure magic. I wanted to be at the site of the Terracotta Army as soon as it opened, before all the tour busses got there. In my research, I found out that the site is a good hour away from the city and the tours start at 9:00am. This was not good enough, i didnt not want to arrive at 10:00am with all of the other tourists. I caught a local bus for $1.00 and made my way out there with the locals on their way to work! I was successful and I was one of the only people in Pit #1 when I arrived!

This army of over 8,000 soldiers, horses and chariots dates back to 210 B.C. and it depicts the army of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China. The site was discovered by accident in 1974 when a farmer was digging a well. What he found has become of one the national treasures of China with only a fraction of the site being completely excavated. No two soldiers are alike, and the detail of each of them is magnificent. It is a shame that foreigners are not allowed to walk in the pit with the soldiers, I could get some even more amazing shots if I had a closer perspective of them. I am really happy with the images I managed to capture, even though I had a high and distant vantage point. The new long lens definitely came in handy today! Enjoy the images, my next stop is Guangzhou, China. See you there!

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Large Bell at the Xi'an Museum

The Large Bell at the Xi'an Museum

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park at Sunset

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park at Sunset

The Cherry Blossom Lined Streets of Xian

The Cherry Blossom Lined Streets of Xian

The Gateway of Tang Paradise

The Gateway of Tang Paradise

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park

Unmistakable... The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Unmistakable... The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Pit #3: The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Pit #3: The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Pit #3: The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Pit #3: The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Pit #1: The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Pit #1: The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Excavating the Terracotta Warriors of Xian

Excavating the Terracotta Warriors of Xian

The Terracotta Warriors and Cavalry of Xian

The Terracotta Warriors and Cavalry of Xian


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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