TERRACOTTA ARMY, XI’AN

The Terracotta Army went on my personal bucket list many years go while living in England, at the O2 for one reason – seeing 30 warriors at the British Museum did not cut it.

The army is estimated to have taken 36 years to complete and 700,000 workers. At the time I did not know where Xi’an was in China,  I certainly did not think that we would be living in Tokyo (although Singapore was always heavily under family consideration), but I knew it had to happen.

It was worth the wait and the effort. Broken into a series of “pits”, with several still being excavated, the scale of the place is staggering.

Thousands of warriors, each different standing in rows, their weapon disintegrated but their bodies remaining. Amazing.

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-20

On many you can still see the paint remnants.

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-21

Rows, and rows and rows.

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-26

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-100

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-27-2

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-31-2

The chariots.

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-79

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-99

Oddly enough, this is the only warrior I saw that looked out of proportion. A charioteer.

2014 06 21 Terracotta warriors pit1_-25

700,000 people and 36 years. It boggles the mind.

6 thoughts on “TERRACOTTA ARMY, XI’AN

  1. When I visited the site in 1997 I was the only visitor there and I was closely watched by several security officers who would not let me take a picture. Nice to see some shots 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s