Panda Excursion: Mount Li, Terracotta Army, Hot Springs!

Mount Li a place of magic, nature, relaxation, and delicious cuisine! What more could you ask? 

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Mount Li is a mountain full of mystique and is part of the Qinling mountain range in Xi'an in Shaanxi Province and rises 1302 meters above sea level.  There is much charm and magic that lives in the history of this mountain, ranging from the"Black Steed Tribe" that once lived in its cliffs during the Zhou period 1046-771 BC, to the place where the goddess Nuwa, creator of Mankind, repaired the wall of heaven.  Also at the foot of the mountain, is the necropolis of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang and his mausoleum and terracotta army.  The infamous army that was created to protect the last emperor of Unified China.  The main burial ground of Qin Shi Hunag is still sealed shut and is said to have rivers of Mercury!

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The history at mount Li is plush but so are the nature trails and areas of relaxation.  There are many hot springs in the area, like the Xian Huaqing hot springs, for instance, and the cuisine is abundant and delicious boasting noodle dishes, dumplings, and breads.

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The yangrou paomo is a local dish, which is Flatbread in mutton soup, and is unique because the bread is hand pulled and cooked in the mutton broth.  The process takes a while but allows time for conversation and to trade stories. Pomegranate juice is also popular in the fall and compliments the kabobs that you can find being cooked on the streets. Noodles are abundant in Xi'an eaten cold or warm and are made from many different ingredients, spinach, wheat, rice.  And don't forget to try the hot and sour dumpling soup with a mutton based broth. YUMMY!

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