Renowned for being among the most significantarcheological excavations in the world, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses together make for a must see attraction for visitors. It is a collection of sculptures that depict the armies of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. It is said to have taken 11 years to finish these sculptures which were created to protect Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife. Travellers planning to visit this tourist site can stay at serviced apartments Xian has to offer, such as the ideally located Citadines Central Xi’an.
A museum was built here following the authorization of the State Council and it is now known as the Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. The sculptures in this museum vary in height depending on their roles, with the generals being the tallest. Horses, chariots and warriors are among the figures. The pits consisting of the Terracotta Army is said to have contained over 8,000 soldiers, 150 cavalry horses and 130 chariots. Among the other terracotta non-military figures discovered in several other pits are musicians, strongmen, acrobats and officials.
The figures of warriors resemble the appearance expected of imperial guards back in the day. Spread across an area of 16,300 square meters, the museum consists of three sections which have been tagged according to the order of their dates of discovery. The largest one is the No.1pit featuring war chariots’ figures at the back and soldiers at the front.
In 2010, Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Park was created by combining the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum with the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, offering visitors numerous sites to explore within one location. It is bound to transport you back in time amidst sensational archeological finds. Thus, make it a point to visit this historical attraction during a holiday in the region.
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