Saturday, October 19, 2013

China: Xi'an, the Terracotta Warriors

One of the main attraction in Xi'an are the world famous Terracotta Warriors. The emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China started to build himself a protecting army for his afterlife. He started to reign when he was 13 years old and still thought about his death every day. The warriors have been uncovered in three different sites which are covered by buildings. A lot of them are intact and standing, others were broken and reconstructed by the archeologist like a giant puzzle. It is said that there are many more everywhere in the ground but they haven't been dug up yet because they don't know how to protect them. One of the particularity of the warriors is that they are all different and have different facial expressions just like real human beings. It seemed to me that they could just start walking out any minute. Somehow looking at them in the ground made me a bit sad, I don't know why. They were apparently colorful when they were dug up from the ground but the colors have faded since. There are also horses in the holes. The mausoleum of the Emperor is situated much further away.  

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