Houston, TX 2/24 - 2/26

We had a pleasant drive from New Orleans to Houston Leisure RV park located just east of Houston. We arrived here around 4:00 in the afternoon so we were releived we didn't have to drive through Houston during rush-hour traffic. The rush hour traffic continued in the campground; RVers have the strangest pets. I'm not sure how they fit some of them into an RV. I particularly hate it when they let them run free like this.

On Sunday 2/26, it was a beautiful day so we drove to the west side of Houston to visit a place called Forbidden Gardens. Thanks to a Hong Kong native now living in this country and a group of Texas investors, an important archaeological find in China has been reproduced in Texas. It replicates thousands of terra-cotta soldiers, four abreast, which were made for the grave of Qin Shi Huang, the emperor who unified seven warring states into one China in the third century B.C. Along with the reproduction of the lifesize soldiers are exact models of the Forbidden City and the environs, as well as the ancient city of Suzhou.

The picture above is of the main entrance to the 40 acre facility.

You can move the picture back and forth by holding down the left button and moving your cursor across the picture.

These are the 1/3 size terra-cotta soldiers that were buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang. It is estimated that there are over 6000 of these. They were first discovered between 1973 and 1977. Not all of them have been excavated yet.

These are the life-size copies of the terra-cotta soldiers.