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.
On many you can still see the paint remnants.
Rows, and rows and rows.
Oddly enough, this is the only warrior I saw that looked out of proportion. A charioteer.
700,000 people and 36 years. It boggles the mind.
Your photos are beautiful! Must have been such an amazing experience..
Thanks Jess, it is a great place.
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 😉
I have always wanted to go here. Hopefully one day…
Really Dave – you have been everywhere! Very interesting place – the scale is impressive.