Tuesday, September 9, 2008

China Part 3 : Xian with mom and Ria Chua

Xian, China

The city has many important historical sites, and some are ongoing archaeological projects, such as the
Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army.

Terracotta Army are the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China. The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by several local farmers near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China near the Mausouleum of the First Qin Emperor.

The figures vary in height (183–195cm - 6ft–6ft 5in), according to their role, the tallest being the Generals. The figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.

Discoveries like this make me regret not taking up archaeology...

More pictures at http://carinedelros.multiply.com/photos/album/4/Xian

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