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The Itinerary for Day 4 was:
In Xianyang Municipality, there are tombs of 28 emperors and one empress who collectively ruled China during the period from 206 BC to 900 AD. There was only one woman ruler in China's history - Empress Wu Zetain (624 to 705 AD, pronounced "woo tser tain"). Her mausoleum is named Qianling (pronounced "chee-an ling") and is shared with her husband Emperor Gaozong (628 to 683 AD).
The mountain on which Qianling is located has three peaks. The main peak contains the hidden
burial chamber. There is a broad roadway running between the main peak and the other two.
Approaching the main peak there is a large square pyramid on either side of the roadway. These
square pyramids form a gate, or entrance, into a ceremonial zone.
On either side of the south end of the roadway are the two lesser peaks with a sentinel tower
on each. When approaching Qianling and viewing it from a distance, the towers appear as nipples
on softly rounded hills.
Qianling took 23 years to build.
On either side of the roadway there is a row of huge stone statues of animals and people.
A stone statue of a government official.
Behind the left square pyramid is a group of 61 headless stone statues representing leaders of
the Chinese minority groups and envoys from friendly countries who came to Emperor Gaozong's
funeral. They are "headless" because local people were fearful of them and cut their heads off.
Li Suying points to an article in "Xianyang Daily" reporting on the activities of the
important Delegation from Moreland. Li Suying is the English Section Chief in the Xianyang
Foreign Affairs Office.
The Xianang Party Secretary, Zhang Liyong, welcomes the Delegation from Moreland. He is
informed about each Delegation member and welcomes each individually.
The Xianyang Party Secretary, Zhang Liyong, with the Delegation from Moreland.
The Party Secretary, accepts the credentials of Cr. Higginbotham as the Moreland Ambassador
After meeting the Party Secretary, the Delegation went to the Shaanxi Textile and Garment Institute, a TAFE level college catering for the textile and garment industries which comprise one of Xianyang's major industries. The Delgation had been told that in the order of 70% of the employees at the No. 2 Cotton Mill (visited on Day 2) had studied at this College.
Bill board advertising the Shaanxi Textile and Garment Institute.
Meeting with the Principle and senior staff of the Shaanxi Textile and Garment Institute.
Viewing a display of students' works.
Students learning to thread a spinning machine.
Robert with students in the laboratory for testing fibres and fabric.
Justin is interested in starting a fashion line. Here he assesses the fit of two designs of
On the Thursday evening the Delegation had a dinner given by Xun Xinrong, President of Xianyang People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, together with staff members of the Foreign Affairs Office.
Anthony Helou toasts Xun Xinrong.
Director of the Xianyang Foreign Affairs Department, Tian Yihong, with Anthony and Peter.
Peter toasts Tian Yihong.
When Tangning Xiansheng is Master of Ceremonies everyone has to give a speech.
Section Chief, Li Suying gave a speech saying how pleased she was in looking after the
Peter delivered a very fine speech.
Interpreter Li Bo gave a speech.
Interpreter Bai Yunfeng. Was he making an observation about Simon's sensitive spot?
Mr. Tian toasts Robert. Has Li Bo seen something in the soup?.
Acknowledgement: The photographs displayed on this web page were taken by members of the Delegation from Moreland, but it is difficult to attribute individual photographs.
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