Terra-cotta Army Warriors, Xian MG_2921

A Unesco World Heritage Site, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The Terracotta Army was discovered on 29 March 1974 to the east of Xi’an in Shaanxi province by farmers digging a water well approximately 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi) east of the Qin Emperor’s tomb mound at Mount Li (Lishan), a region riddled with underground springs and watercourses. For centuries, occasional reports mentioned pieces of terracotta figures and fragments of the Qin necropolis – roofing tiles, bricks and chunks of masonry.  This discovery prompted Chinese archaeologists to investigate, revealing the largest pottery figurine group ever found in China.


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A wide view of the Terra-Cota Army Warriors stand guard.  A very impressive site well worth the visit.

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View of Soldiers with their horses.

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View of Pit 1, the largest excavation pit of the Terracotta Army.

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Life – sized Terra-Cota Soldiers

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