Tourists flock to Xi'an for the Terra Cotta Warriors. From Wikipedia (link),
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
Qin Shi Huang is known for uniting China into one empire. Thus, he spared no expense in creating full size figures armed for battle.
Upon his death, his son became the second emperor. But his rule was weak and a revolt split the empire into 18 kingdoms. Sadly, the rebellion came to Qin Shi Huang's tomb to destroy his Terra Cotta army to ensure the emperor would be defeated in the afterlife.
The excavation area is open to view under large modern hangers covering three pits. The archaeologists are painstakingly unearthing the pieces, fitting them back together like a puzzle, cleaning out the pits, and returning the statues in their original location. We started in Pit Three as seen in the second and third pictures from the top. We walked over to Pit 2 - bigger than a football field - where they continue to excavate, as seen directly above and below.
The museum spotlights the ongoing archaeology efforts. This board documents which countries have contributed. Notice the top line for 1997, the Chinese symbols annotate "Beautiful Country" - the United States.
Then we toured Pit 1. Clearly, our guide saved the best for last. Three times the size of a football field, it was simply awesome.
Notice the site of the well.
It was truly amazing to see archaeology in action.
Each Terra Cotta warrior has a unique face.
The process of tagging requires patience.
These warriors are waiting to return to their ranks.
Here's my favorite ...
... the chariot driver and his horses. The Terra Cotta Warriors earned the title of the Eighth Wonder of the World.
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