Terracotta Army

Originally the ancient funerary project for Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the Terracotta Army is now a museum, officially named Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, showing the life stories of the emperor and the once powerful Qin Empire (221 – 207BC). Altogether over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from three main pits. Most of them have been restored to their former grandeur; the original paint can flake off after as little as fifteen seconds exposure to the air. It’s a staggering sight, and a staggering site (still largely unexplored, in particular the Emperor’s massive funerary mound).


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