“I figured on Tuesday we could head down to Indy to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. There is a Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit we think you would enjoy.” While I was so excited to see my beautiful niece and in-laws, this outing was not on the top of my to do during my three week home trip list. I had traveled 14 ½ hours in a plane and wanted to enjoy the States, not relive my trip to Xi’an. However, I wanted to spend every possible minute with my niece so three days later we made the 2 ½ hour drive from Chicago to Indy to see the terra cotta warriors. I am happy to say the experience exceeded my expectations.
|Chris poses with a warrior replica. The exhibit was a little more interactive than our trip to Xi'An.|
|Many of the soldiers looked exactly like those that we saw in Xi'an. However these soldiers looked much cleaner than most of their mates back in China.|
|Belle enjoyed the chariot replica.|
|This is the real chariot in Xi'an.|
|Belle helps some new friends assemble a foam rubber warrior.|
|Belle was terrified of the warrior heads so I tried to make her a little more comfortable by pretending to smooch the statue.|
|When Belle and her mom, Crystal, created their own terra cotta figurines, it reminded me of the time when I visited the figurine factory in Xi'an.|
|A worker creates similar figurines in Xi'an.|
|Belle strikes a Chinese drum.|
|Belle and I ham it up for the characters.|
|For the second time, I got to transform myself into a warrior!|
|Here is my first attempt at being a warrior in Xi'an.|
In addition to the Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit, the museum had a pretty realistic Take Me There: China exhibit.
|The exhibit had a darling artist in residence from Guanzhou who let me take a stab at water calligraphy. I finally got to practice what I have witnessed in many Shanghainese parks.|
|A water calligrapher practices his craft in Fuxing Park in Shanghai.|
|Kids went "shopping" at a play food wet market that was a little cleaner and much less cluttered from the wet marked down the street from our old apartment.|
|This is the wet market that was down the street from our old place.|
|When I saw Belle in a Sichuan Opera costume, it reminded me of our post warriors Sichuan Opera experience.|
|This is a shot from our Sichuan Opera dumpling dinner experience.|
|Technology let me become an opera player too!!|
|The calligraphy station reminded me of the calligraphy room at Daning.|
|The museum even had a Great Wall of China slide that resembled the toboggan track at Mutianyu.|
After checking out everyday life in China, we had a lovely time playing in the museum.
|After lunch we played with dinosaurs.|
|Then we took a ride on a vintage carousel.|
|Chris and Belle were parched, so they held a tea party with a few bear friends.|
|Belle then had a large time splashing in the water table.|
|At the end of the day, I was exhausted so I took a snooze on a couch potato.|
Long story short, the visit to the museum was well worth the trip. The exhibits gave patrons who would normally not make the trip to China a clean taste of Chinese life. For more information about the exhibit click here.