Terracotta Army Xi'an Reviews
Iconic Mar 06, 2013
Rediscovered in the 1970s, the terracotta warriors of Xi’an must be one of the premier tourist sites in China. They were constructed during 210-209 BC, to protect the first Emperor of China in the afterlife. There are thousands of soldiers here, together with just over 100 chariots and several hundred horse figures. The soldiers were originally painted in vivid colours, but they are now without colour as they were unearthed. They were not produced for display and were intended to be buried forever. All of the soldiers have individual faces and features (some have beards and different hairstyles, and even small changes in clothing). The effort and attention to detail is immaculate. As some of the soldiers have not been unearthed, I hope that advances in modern science and technology will enable them to be seen again in their full and original colour.
The site actually has 3 pits. The first pit is the main one, the second pit has some amazing museum pieces and general background and the third pit is rather small. The whole site has become a mega tourist attraction. To get here, local buses depart near Xi’an train station – they drop you off just outside and smaller buses are available for the return journey. I though the entrance fee was a little steep (over 15 Euros) but I guess that you have to pay well to see such a rare sight!
I thought it was a tad touristy and way too overcrowded, but something that just had to be seen. It was my first impression of historic China as a child, and it would have been mad not to come see it.
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