First, the backstory…

By the time I arrived in Xi’an, China had already taken hold of me and was tightening its grip on my weary body like a python squeezing the life out of its prey.

When I wasn’t wading ankle deep in thousands of camera-wielding Chinese locals, I was drowning in TV marathons of 90210 and Gossip Girl while eating away my sorrows with a unsatisfying range of junk food.

It’s no wonder that Xi’an became my last destination in China.

My flights out of the country were booked and I was ready to leave China two weeks before I originally planned on doing so. There was just one more thing left on my list for Xi’an: visiting the terracotta warriors.

terracotta warriors xian

…And then I saw it. 

A sign offering an opportunity that I just couldn’t refuse.

For just 20 RMB, I would be able to dress up as a terracotta warrior and pose for 10 whole minutes.


girl dressed as a terracotta warrior

Girl riding a terracotta horse in China

terracotta warrior costume

terracotta horses costume


…And just like that, all of my tension melted away and I was back doing what I love the most: taking silly photos!

Have you ever been in a stressful travel situation, and how did you handle it? 

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