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Terracotta Warriors Museum (Bīngmǎyǒng Bówùguǎn)

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Published 02/08/2016

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Discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well, this UNESCO World Heritage site includes more than 7,000 terra-cotta soldiers standing guard over the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of a unified China. The warriors, more than 1,000 of which have been painstakingly pieced together, come in various forms: archers, infantry, charioteers, and cavalry. Relics are still being unearthed, and some are being left underground until archaeologists find a way to preserve the painted surface, which as of now disintegrates when it comes to contact with outside air. In 2010, 114 extra warriors were discovered in Pit One. Incredibly, each of the life-size statues is unique, including different mustaches, beards, hairstyles, and even wrinkles. An exhibition hall displays artifacts unearthed from distant sections of the tomb, including two magnificently crafted miniature bronze chariots. Allow yourself at least three hours if you want to study the warriors in detail. The site is 30 km (19 miles) east of Xian in the town of Lintong.

Sight Information

Address:

Lintong, Shaanxi, 710600, China

Phone:

029-8139–9001

Website: www.bmy.com.cn

Sight Details:

  • Mar.–Nov., Y150; Dec.–Feb., Y120
  • Mar.–Nov., daily 8:30–5:30; Dec.–Feb., daily 8:30–5

Published 02/08/2016

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Nov 27, 2016

Warriors of the Past

The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end as I finally looked out upon the warriors. Since I was a kid in history class, I’d wanted to see these legendary defenders of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Pit number 1 was certainly the most breathtaking since there are hundreds of warriors standing in battle formation. Near the back of the pit are some warriors undergoing maintenance and construction. What really makes me enjoy this experience more is the

fact that the Chinese Historian Sima Qian talks about the grand underground mausoleum that Emperor Qin Shi Huang built. He mentioned that the emperor built this huge necropolis (part of which includes the warriors) to house a grand tomb and clay representations of animals, dancers and anything of importance. Supposedly, rivers of mercury were placed around the areas of the necropolis with valuable treasure. Upon doing tests of the ground where other parts of the necropolis lie, there were traces of mercury found! Can’t wait until we know what’s hidden in the Emperor’s tomb!

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Nov 27, 2016

Warriors of the Past

The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end as I finally looked out upon the warriors. Since I was a kid in history class, I’d wanted to see these legendary defenders of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Pit number 1 was certainly the most breathtaking since there are hundreds of warriors standing in battle formation. Near the back of the pit are some warriors undergoing maintenance and construction. What really makes me enjoy this experience more is the

fact that the Chinese Historian Sima Qian talks about the grand underground mausoleum that Emperor Qin Shi Huang built. He mentioned that the emperor built this huge necropolis (part of which includes the warriors) to house a grand tomb and clay representations of animals, dancers and anything of importance. Supposedly, rivers of mercury were placed around the areas of the necropolis with valuable treasure. Upon doing tests of the ground where other parts of the necropolis lie, there were traces of mercury found! Can’t wait until we know what’s hidden in the Emperor’s tomb!

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Nov 27, 2016

Warriors of the Past

The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end as I finally looked out upon the warriors. Since I was a kid in history class, I’d wanted to see these legendary defenders of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Pit number 1 was certainly the most breathtaking since there are hundreds of warriors standing in battle formation. Near the back of the pit are some warriors undergoing maintenance and construction. What really makes me enjoy this experience more is the

fact that the Chinese Historian Sima Qian talks about the grand underground mausoleum that Emperor Qin Shi Huang built. He mentioned that the emperor built this huge necropolis (part of which includes the warriors) to house a grand tomb and clay representations of animals, dancers and anything of importance. Supposedly, rivers of mercury were placed around the areas of the necropolis with valuable treasure. Upon doing tests of the ground where other parts of the necropolis lie, there were traces of mercury found! Can’t wait until we know what’s hidden in the Emperor’s tomb!

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