Photo post: Paying tribute to Terracotta Army near Xi’an

Before we will leave Xi’an, we would like to pay tribute to Terracotta Army. It is by common opinion, the biggest Attraction of this city. This is not our opinion though. We prefer the mountains, rivers and nature reserves, to ancient tombs.

 

But Terracotta Army draws and will draw thousands and thousands of tourists each year. We’ve visited this place several months ago, and now we feel that we need to close the circle with this photo-post.

You will probably find thousands sites describing the Terracotta Army in all its glory. Here we just will do a short review of what we saw there, without too many details.

Show must go on

This huge archaeological complex is located about 70 km from Xi’an. One hour bus ride from Xi’an and you are there.
When we’ve arrived, the heavy rain was falling from the sky, like cold shower. As if it was trying to wash away all the tourists, who have gathered at the gate. But the tourists continued to pour into the complex. Half wet, with umbrellas and raincoats. It seemed that nothing will stop them from seeing one of the world’s biggest archaeological wonders.

The history that was made by simple people

We joined the stream and paid 150 RMB entrance fee. Behind the gate lied the huge pavilion filled with terracotta warriors and horses. I cannot say to you that the sight is not worth it to see. Once in a life time you have to see it by yourself.

Given the fact that all the warriors were made with different faces, even with different haircuts, we couldn’t comprehend how much effort and working hours were put into this project. The first Emperor of China, who has ordered this tomb construction, had achieved his goal – he will be remembered forever. But countless number of sculptures, who have created it, will remain anonymous geniuses for us.  The whole complex contains 3 pavilions, with biggest of them containing around 6000 warriors and horses. So let the pictures tell the story.  We apologize for the low quality of the images. We were not allowed to use flash during our visit to the pavilions.

Although, we saw how other tourists used the flash, in-spite of the clear signs asking not to do so.

Xi'an - Terracotta Army - The army is ready to march to war - 1

Xi’an – Terracotta Army – The army is ready to march to war

Xi'an - Terracotta Army - the warriors from second pavillion - Many of the warriors are without heads, time didn't spare them

Xi’an – Terracotta Army – the warriors from second pavilion – Many of the warriors are without heads, time didn’t spare them.

Xi'an - Terracotta Army - People are gothering near the terracota horseman with his horse

Xi’an – Terracotta Army – People are gathering near the terracotta horseman with his horse

Xi'an - Terracotta Army - all warriors are made with different face and haircut

Xi’an – Terracotta Army – all warriors are made with different face and haircut

On the walls of the pavilions, there are images of evidence, that once the warriors clothes were covered with different colors.
But, when they were uncovered, the colors disappeared almost instantly because of the air. Many archaeological
sites in China still remain unopened, because scientists don’t know how to preserve them from influence of the open air.

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Xi’an – Terracotta Army- they all are unique

Xi'an - Terracotta Army - the horses had once wooden chariots connected to them. But wood and ropes have rotten and hoses remained

Xi’an – Terracotta Army – the horses had once wooden chariots connected to them. But wood and ropes have rotten and hoses remained

Xi'an - Terracota Warriors - Here you can see the warrior still holding non-existent ropes of the chariot horse

Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors – Here you can see the warrior still holding non-existent ropes of the chariot horse.

 

 

Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors - many of the terracota statues were not spared by the time

Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors – many of the terracotta statues were not spared by the time.

But the biggest pit is still huge and impressive.

Xi'an - Terracota Warriors -The biggest and most preserved pit with 6000 statues

Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors -The biggest and most preserved pit with 6000 statues

 

Did you go to visit the Terracotta Warriors recently?  If yes, please, tell us about your impressions of this place.

 

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2 Responses to Photo post: Paying tribute to Terracotta Army near Xi’an

  1. I am a newby to the blog and have read a few of your posts, but this one is of particular interest because this is one of the reasons I am wanting to visit China again (you’ve read my 24-hour experience in China…Beijing). I know you prefer the nature and beauty of Xian to the Terracotta Warriors, but I am just so amazed by the history…and the fact that these probably were once very vibrantly colored artifacts!!! They are so intense even in their terracotta color that I can’t imagine how they looked thousands of years ago!!! Thanks for the post…can’t wait to get there and see it in person! Happy Travels. Jill :)

    • Hi Jill.
      We are glad to welcome you to our blog.
      Yes, China has a lot to offer for those who love history.
      Xi’an was a capital of China 1000 years ago and holds a lot of stories still undiscovered.
      You will like the Terracotta Warriors, and you will be amazed by the scale of the work these people have done
      at that time.
      Looking at this, we can say that today China tries its best to get back to those glorious days of mighty empire.
      Time will show if it will be successful.

      Good luck in your journeys.

      Gadi & Tun

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