Xian Day 3: Terracotta Warriors

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Warriors and horses.


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


Work in progress.


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


Partially recovered artifacts.


Headless warriors.


A view from another pit.


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


A kneeling warrior.


A warrior with his horse.


A four horse bronze chariot for the emperor.


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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