"The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor" Terracotta Army Tip by roamer61
Terracotta Army, Xi'an: 162 reviews and 358 photos
Often considered the 8th Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Army is one of Chinas major attractions.
Discovered in 1974 by accident when some peasant farmers were digging for a well, they came across what was to be one of the most important archeaological discoveries of the 20th Century.
An army of life-sized soldiers made of terracotta clay. They are attributed to the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty in the 3rd Century BC.
The army is situated in 3 pits with #1 being the largest and first to be excavated. Here, 6000 soldiers have been uncovered, along with horses and parts of chariots. Each figure stands about 6 feet on a pedestal and no 2 are alike, having been taken fom life. It is suggested they were created to guard the tomb of the emperor himself in the afterlife.
The museum complex includes several buildings housing each of the 3 pits. There are exhibits of some soldiers protected in glass, enabling one to study the details up close. There are also weapons and armor as well as 2 stunning chariots uncovered from the tomb.
In addition, there is a restaurant on the premises as well as gift shops. One reaches the museum complex from the parking area by either foot or muti-passenger golf carts. Seperate tickets are required for these in addition to the museum itself.
The museum is outside of the city proper. So, the best way to reach it is either by bus or by tour. I had booked a private tour that also included the Big Goose Pagoda and the City Walls.
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