Terracotta Warriors

I loved Mulan and not just as a child, I do to this day. Now Mulan has nothing to do with the Terracotta Warriors, I was just throwing it out there.

So Kristy and I have finally headed out of Beijing on an overnight train towards Xi’an to go see one of the must dos when visiting China.

Pit 1- Main Pit

terracotta warriors pit 1

Here is the first of 4 excavation pits of warriors uncovered. It is the most photographed one because technically the second size comparable pit of warriors isn’t uncovered. They did this to preserve the warriors since every single one of them were originally painted. They are however, planning to open the second pit at some point but they are waiting on technology and machinery to catch up as to allow for the least damaging extraction method.

Terracotta Warriors - Look at Faces

Look closely, every single warrior has a unique face. Of the 8000+  soldiers not a single  face was duplicated.

Terricotta Warrior Closeup

Terracotta Warriors Map

Floor plan outlining the warrior and chariot placements.

Despite appearances, most of the soldiers in the topmost pictures were actually not intact when they were originally found. Over the years they have been rebuild and put back together to replicated the original design; there are still workers putting together the soldiers today.

Terracotta warriors Broken Pieces

This is what most of the pit originally looked like.

This particular solider is called the Kneeling Archer, his is the only completely intact solider found so far.

Archer Warrior, Only Completely Intact Solider

Emperor Soul

Chariot meant to carry the Emperor’s Soul to the afterlife.

City of Xi’an

Drum Tower

Bell Tower on the city walls.

Clay Statue Shops

General verse Emperor

I’d like to just point out the fact that I am the Emperor and Kristy is the General :P hehe Queen Nadine!

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    August 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    all bow before the Emperor

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    August 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that every Terracotta warrior had different facial expressions. I guess labor was cheap and the Emperor spared no expense. Interesting post.

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    Clay (BeyondRandom)
    September 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hey Nadine! Thats so badass that you got to go here. There was a museum right next to my place that was a replica of this place called the Forbidden Gardens. Theyre closing it down now though :(

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    November 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Each one of those warriors looks awesome and the building they are in looks huge! :D (can I win a postcard? :P

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    November 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    wow it must have taken a long time too find all of those i cant believe that theres only one of them remaining thats amazing and they have so much detail to them

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    November 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    i remember watching this video, and then laughing when you asked what would happen if you crossed that line, i responded “youd probably die” my family thought i was nuts.. i had earphones in, i laughed even more!

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    November 6, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Omg this is quite odd :S Kind of reminds me of North Korea o.o

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    November 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I think they are doing a good job of unearthing everything considering they have been buried over 2200 years– I wonder what it will look like in the future when most of the work has been completed?

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