Day 8 Afternoon - Shaanxi museum
We hit the Shaanxi Museum today and managed to finish a whole hour before the place closes (at 5 PM)! But I still managed to take more photos than I did at the larger Shanghai Museum. 414 photos. Hrm. >.>
The museum showcases all the artifacts (some reproductions) found in the region - which also incidentally showcases much of Chinese history from the neolithic age to Tang, with a little bit of extras after the Tang period. The main focus of the museum seems to be split into the neolithic, Qin, Han, and Tang eras (y'know, the dynasties where Xi'an featured prominently).
We again skipped lunch in order to stay inside the museum for the full day. There was an art gallery which had a cafe on the side, and that's where we sorta had "lunch" via a few cups of hot chocolate and a few packs of cookies/junk food. Hey, they had tea-flavored oreos! :P
IMO, the coolest actual exhibit there is the celadon 'magic' kettle from the five dynasties period - the 青釉提梁倒注提壶. For those following who don't read Chinese, this is a kettle where there is no movable lid (it's all one piece from top to bottom, and the liquid is actually poured in from a hole on the bottom of the kettle. Yet when you right the kettle again, the liquid remains inside, ready to be served from the spout as normal. How does it work? Magic! (Well, physics, but I'm sure you can figure it out with a little thought.)
The other cool item they had, which unfortunately was not on exhibit at the time, was the 公道杯. I bought a replica of it from the curio shop outside the museum though. How this cup works is that if you pour liquid into the cup only halfway, the liquid remains in the cup. However, if you fill the cup the entire way, then all the liquid in the cup will drain away from a hole on the bottom. How does it work? Magic! :P
Overall, had a great time.
Edit to add: Oh, and I also think I finally figured out the thing is with the camera. Once I've formatted the disk where it had saved a photo image, that part of it is good to go for any future photo. But when I get to a part of the disk where I haven't used it before, then the last image before I shut off the camera will have gray blocks. I dunno if this is a problem with the camera's initial formatting for not properly formatting the unused parts of the disk, or if this is some kind of disk issue. But unless I take more than 414 photos in the future, I'm unlikely to see any more of those grey blocks. And then when I get back to the states I might call Canon's support and see if I can get some answers/help.