Xian, Shaanxi, China for Life size Statues of Terracotta Army

Terracotta army museum is basically the mausoleum of the ever first Chinese Emperor Qin. The museum has a collection of approximately 8000 life sized figures of soldiers that are buried along with the king. The word Terracotta is basically derivation of Italian word that means “Baked death”. The museum has a collection of approximately 8000 life sized figures of soldiers that are buried along with the king. The army has stood to guard the soul of their emperor for more than two millenniums, as he resides with the spirits in his afterlife. There is an interesting historical fact about Qin, that he was the first to really quest for “Elixir of life”(The immortality potion), and all of his Terracotta soldiers were with him on the quest. These figures date from approximately late 3rd century BCE and were discovered in 1974 by local farmers through digging. The Emperor had thought that his rule even after his death so the king was buried with same royalties, facilities, and hundreds of soldiers, horses and archaeologically aristocratic tomb.
After entry into the museum, you’ll see three pits (Pit 1, Pit 2, and Pit 3). Pit has largest collection of 2000 terracotta warriors at display, while pit 2 depicts the Chinese ancient army arrangement, has 1300 warriors and horses. In Pit 2 you may observe 5 soldiers in different positions; kneeling archer, standing archer, mid-ranked officer, cavalry man and his horse, and a general. Pit three is the smallest and contain 72 terracotta warriors and horses. It is referred as Army headquarters because high- ranked officers are placed here. Detailing of these figures is amazing and awe-inspiring, as the hairstyle, armor, facial expressions, and even the footwear of each and every soldier is different and is according to his rank.
I must say, if you are in China, then your visit is actually incomplete, if you haven’t seen this museum.

Where I stayed / started

Xian Banpo Lake Hotel

http://www.xabph.com/

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