(Dec 20): It is getting too cold for tourists in Xi’an, so the pressure has come off the terracot- ta warriors. However, the cold does not stop the nightly flood of visitors to the Great Tang Mall stretching south from the Big Wild Goose pagoda, where the first Buddhist scripture in China was translated for the Tang dynasty court. The mall stretches over two city blocks and is dominated by stately statues of former emperors and Tang poets such as Li Bai and Du Fu.

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