Me, having fun in Xi'an, China
Great detail of a terracotta warrior (not sure if it's original or a repro),
in the Ancient History Museum
Many things tempted me at the museum store, including this jade bracelet. The charm is a lion, representing the first (and only) ruling woman Empress of China. (This stone lion below actually guarded the tomb of the Empress' mother.) Clearly, being the female Empress took courage and as we know from the Wizard of Oz, the lion represents courage. I take courage each time I wear this bracelet. :-)
This trip was all about tea and I was on the lookout for special tea treasures. Many of the places we visited were remote, and so we shopped when we had the chance (larger cities). I found these amazing tea cups at the tea house on the premises of the Terracotta Warriors site.
More of China to come!