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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Xian, China - Terracotta Warriors

Dear Family and Friends,

Today we went to the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors. It is a vast collection of life-sized soldiers, horses and chariots that were entombed with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.  This site was not discovered until 1974 by local farmers.

This army was built to protect the emperor's tomb.

These are life size statues and amazingly each face is unique.  

Estimates from 2007 is that there are more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 calvary horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits.

It is still being excavated today, more than forty years since the time of its first unearthing.

We found two soldiers with very unique faces.

Next post will be about a fun morning we spent in Xian at the Xingqing park.


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