A Visit with China’s Terracotta Warriors

One of the many highlights of our California Native China, Tibet, Mount Everest Adventure is a visit to the city of Xi’an to see the world famous Terracotta Army.

The Terracotta Army is an amazing collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The figures were buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC to protect him in his afterlife.

The figures were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, dating from approximately the late third century BC. Each figure varies in height according to their roles including warriors, chariots and horses, the tallest being the generals. Three pits have been discovered containing the Terracotta Army estimated at holding more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remain in buried pits located by Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. Other pits have been discovered including terracotta non-military figures–officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

Terracotta Warrior restored to it's original color.
Terracotta Warrior restored to it’s original color.
Other statues were part of the Terracotta Army including war horses and carriages.
Other statues were part of the Terracotta Army including war horses and carriages.
Side view of the Terracotta Army in one of the pits still being excavated.
Side view of the Terracotta Army in one of the pits still being excavated.
More than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses have been discovered.
More than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses have been discovered.
Discovered in 1974, China's Terracotta Warriors are regarded as one of the most significant archeological discoveries of the 20th century.
Discovered in 1974, China’s Terracotta Warriors are regarded as one of the most significant archeological discoveries of the 20th century.

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