The family arrives in Xi'an,
where a pretty university student named Alisa meets them. She is a cousin of Mei,
who (together with Mister Ching) in earlier stories took the family to the
and the Great Wall of China.
People in This Story:
Alisa (university student);
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"Speed Talk" is in pink; meaning is in [brackets].
That young girl probably is Mei's cousin. Her name is Alisa. Let's be nice to her,
especially since she'd normally be studying instead of
taking us around.
Oh, hello there. Glad to see you could make it.
Are you up on this place?
Xi'an earlier was called Chang'an.
It was the capital of Qin Empire. Emperor
Qin Shi Huang
first united China and probably started to build the tomb in 246 B.C. It took 37 years
and he was buried soon after biting the dust.
Hey, Alisa. You seem to know some
American slang. Where'd you learn it?
At a university here in Xi'an. I decided to study English because I find it quite
interesting. Also, I hope it will aid me in getting a good job.
This place is massive! What exactly is terracotta and how many of those
dudes are there?
I can answer that. Terracotta often is a glazed clay that is fired in a hot oven.
Wikipedia and learned there are over 7,500 figures in the tomb.
Very good! You've got it.
Yang Quangyi was one of the people who first discovered the emperor's tomb and these
terracotta warriors. He is here today, signing books about the tomb. Would you like
to meet him?
Yes, I would like that very much. I also want to purchase a book.
[Alisa introduces Dad to Yang Quangyi and takes
Both speak in Mandarin because Dad speaks Chinese.]
Before we leave, I can take a picture of Dad standing beside that
It'll make a nice gag picture
for friends back home.
I have to admit this was an eye-opener.
Glad we came here. Thanks for the brief history lesson, Alisa.
It was my pleasure, Wes. Next, I want to show you more of Xi'an. The city
is famous and is near one of the world's largest water fountain night shows. I
think we should enjoy seeing it together.
That's a spendid idea, Alisa. I'll enjoy it immensely. Best to get some dinner
first, though. Wes, do you feel like chowing down?