Xian Day 3: Terracotta Warriors


The Terracotta Warriors site is the most popular tourist attraction of Shaanxi.

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We came across some sculptures of horses before reaching the pits where the Terracotta Warriors were found. There were 3 pits that we visited.

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The site of the Terracotta Warriors was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.

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A mural along the way to the pits. I remembered it was a long walk before we reached the pits.

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The buildings at the background house the pits where the Terracotta Warriors were found.

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Rows and rows of Terracotta warriors in Pit No. 1.

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Pit No. 1 is the largest and the first to be opened to the public in 1979. There are over 6,000 Terracotta Warriors and horses in this pit.

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Warriors and horses.

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It is believed that none of the Terracotta warriors were exactly the same, i.e. each one is unique.

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Work in progress.

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The recovering work is slow; brush by brush; labeling each artifacts and reconstructing from fragments of crushed figures.

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Partially recovered artifacts.

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Headless warriors.

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A view from another pit.

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There were a few Terracotta Warriors displayed in glass compartment for closer view.

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A kneeling warrior.

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A warrior with his horse.

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A four horse bronze chariot for the emperor.

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It was very difficult to get a good photo here as it was crowded with visitors. So, we took a rear view of the coachman who man the chariot.

One thought on “Xian Day 3: Terracotta Warriors

  1. Of all the trips I made to China, the Terracotta Warriors are my # 1 favourite. We spent only abt 3 hours there and I didn’t quite see all I wanted; I’d definitely go back some day. We were, however, very lucky to see the old farmer who discovered the terracotta figures. I imagine he must have passed by now.

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