Friday, June 22, 2012

Xian day 2

It is very late after long day so I will have to keep my post brief. I will, though, try to send a video to be posted.

Today we spent the morning at Xi'an Gaoxin No. 2 High School. The school is located in a high tech empowerment zone, and it is extremely selective. Only 1/2 of 1% of student who apply are accepted. While the school begins in 1st grade, one must apply to the high school (10-12) to continue at the school. We met with a group of students in the international division of the school who take classes totally in English, either in an AP track if they want to go to college in the US or an A Level track if they want to attend college in England or other similar systems.

In the afternoon we visited the 8th wonder of the world, the terra-cotta warriors. What an extraordinary experience. These warriors were ordered to be built by the cruel emperor Quin who wanted them to be put into his tomb so he could be as powerful in the afterlife. When they were discovered by a farmer who was digging a well in 1974 the site became one of the most remarkable archeological sites in the world.

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