For hundreds of years travelers have brought home souvenirs as reminders of their travels. We are no different. Here's one little thing we got on the Great Wall. There was actually a shop inside one of the towers. We've adding it to our collection of other little buildings.
We also managed to purchase these two replicas of the Terracotta Warriors. Our guide kept trying to herd us into a movie of how the tomb was discovered, but we persevered and went to the gift shop. We also bought a guide book about the Warriors and had the farmer who found them while digging a well sign it. He seemed a little grumpy that day, but I can guess why. He sits there all day writing his name in these books, not understanding anything anyone says to him, probably regretting the hoards of visitors the discovery brings to his once peaceful village.
We also bought a few of these cute toothpick holders. They come with lots of different designs on them; birds, pandas, dragons, scenery.
I like this souvenir best. We got it at the Shaanxi History Museum in Xi'an. It's a replica of a terracotta horse from the Tang Dynasty.
I guess we should have bought more souvenirs, but then we wouldn't have this souvenir. It's only about $12.00, but priceless to me.