Visitors to Te Papa(external link)'s recent Terracotta Warrior Exhibition were given the chance to win an experience of a lifetime in China. 

The lucky winner was Kathy Olsen of Wellington. Here is the story of how she broke the news to her husband:

Last Friday I biked home and said to my husband "Honey I have something to tell you" ...having recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary he thought it was something to do with that...I went on "I have won a prize..a trip away" "Where he asked..somewhere like Queenstown?"... "No" I said. "Remember when I told you about that wonderful exhibition at Te Papa that I went to...the warriors? Well I entered a competition for a trip to go and see them in the city where they were discovered and I WON and I can take a friend". He sweetly said..." and will you choose to take me?"..."of course" I said. "Get packing"...then we had to open a bottle of wine to celebrate the trip of a life time."

Thanks to China Southern Airlines(external link), Kathy's prize includes:

  • Flights for two adults from Auckland to Xi'an
  • A tour of the Terracotta Army
  • Four nights accommodation; and 
  • $2,000 spending money.

Congratulations, and enjoy the China New Zealand Year of Tourism Kathy! 

Te Papa winner


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