Hello from Lintong! Here, in this picture, I am in Xianxi Province where the world famous Terracotta Warriors are from! A very special place with A LOT of history and A LOT of foreigners! This place is bustling with all kinds of history and many people flock here from all around the world just to see this amazing place. In this blog, I will briefly describe the maze of archeological findings and museum pieces I encountered. I won’t spoil too much because you have to come here yourself…or you can live vicariously through me
In this photo: The very first site where the founder of the Terracotta Warriors dug up these ancient relics.
An interesting fact: the warriors have been re-casted throughout the years due to decay and improper handling and have been preserved with the same clay they were dug in with. This is one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites established by the UN and the most famous one that I have been to. It was a real honor to finally come to this place and be able to finally see these statues up close!
In this photo is “Pit #1” where most of the Terracotta Warriors stand and is also a main area for the reconstruction of many of the broken statues. The creations of these statues were due to the request by the Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the very first Emperor of China who unified the different provinces of what is now modern day China. He requested for an army to be buried with him when he died. It was meant to protect him in the afterlife. A tad bit overkill but it goes to show how awe-inspiring his empire was!
In this photo is the front most formation of the Terracotta Army, which holds warriors, chariots, horses, officials, and archers. The ranks of each soldier are shown by how their hair is done. Each soldier is unique and not one has the same facial features.
In this photo: My group was able to get a close up picture!
In the three pits containing the Terracotta warriors, there are a total of over eight thousand soldiers, one hundred thirty chariots with five hundred twenty horses and one hundred fifty cavalry horses. These soldiers were once painted but with Xi’an’s dry air, the exposure has caused the paint to brittle away sadly.
In this photo: Chrome-plated weapons, which help prevent corrosion. This technology was invented by the Chinese over two thousand two hundred years ago but was reintroduced to the world by the Germans and Americans in 1937.
Thank you for catching up on my latest adventure! Here is my fellow Norwicher, Matt Koser and I posing for the photographers!
Chinese Name: 郭曼宁