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Terracotta Warriors-Cultural Masterpiece Heritage

Terracotta Warriors (Terracotta Army) is eye-catching at first sight when tourists visiting the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. Reputed as one of the eight wonders in the world, Terracotta Warriors was listed as world cultural heritage in the year of 1987.

Being the most memorable project, terracotta warriors was an army of over 6,000 life-size terra cotta soldiers with different distinct facial features buried with the mausoleum of first Emperor Qin, which illustrated the powerful army force during Qin dynasty.

Xian Terracotta Warriors

Xian Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors History

Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor who united China in 221 BC. Before he ascended the throne, his mausoleum had been constructed. After his’ death in 38 years later, the mausoleum was not finally finished. As the burial objects, thousands terra-catta soldiers and horses were buried to guard his afterlife.

With more than two thousand years underground, those terrocota warriors were found in good condition surprisingly. What’s more surprise is that all terra cotta soldiers had different expressions, which revealed a high level of craftsmanship and artistry.

Also there were about 40,000 bronze weapons, including battle axes, crossbows, arrowheads and spears found together with well-preserved. With their horses, chariots and weapons, Terracotta Warriors was a masterpiece of realism and also of great historical interest.

Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

What to see in Terracotta Warriors Museum

Right now, there are only 3 Terracotta Warriors sites to be excavated: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit respectively. The No.1 site is the largest and first excavated to tourists with much impressive. In the right and left sides are the No.2 and No.3 Pit. Each pit has different numbers of terracotta army of real-sized soldiers and horses. And some columns of soldiers at the front, followed by war chariots at the back.

Besides, there are two display halls in the museum to show some cultural relics and a short movie to record the discovery and excavation.

No. 1 Pit of Terracotta Warriors

No. 1 Pit of Terracotta Warriors and horses

 

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