Pit 1, Terra Cotta Warriors

Terra Cotta Warriors, chariot exhibit
first day in Yangshuo

I finally made it to the last and largest excavation site.  There was a certain “wow” effect when you walked through the front door and came up to the edge of the viewing area.  It was indeed a massive place.  The soldiers lined up by the thousands.  I tried to imagine what it was like 1800 years ago as thousands of laborers worked to install and then bury these stone replica soldiers.

Each of the Terra Cotta soldiers was vividly painted and carried weapons; in the empty hands of the soldiers, you can see where a wooden polled halberd was placed.  Over the years, the wood decayed but the soldiers remained.

On the sides of the walls between the soldiers you can see the grooves where the supporting logs were placed that formed the roofs of the burial chambers.

As I walked along the side of the massive excavation building, I looked back and shot a photo of the entrance.  It should help give some scale to how massive the place was.  The next photo is a composite of three shots I made from the entrance.  I’ll never travel without my SLR + wide angle lense ever again…

Towards the back of the exhibit I was able to get down close to the soldiers as they were originally placed.  It was an amazing experience and a fulfillment of a dream I’ve had for over 30 years…


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Terra Cotta Warriors, chariot exhibit
first day in Yangshuo

One thought on “Pit 1, Terra Cotta Warriors

  1. recovered comments:

    sara Says:

    March 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm e

    um what r they for ?

    scotttraveler Says:

    March 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm e

    The ancient Chinese, like the Egyptians, believed that if you were burried with things, like food and money, you could take them to the afterlife (heaven). The Emperor wanted to take his army with him, so he had models of his Army made and they were burried with him when he died.

    Benziyad Says:

    March 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm e

    That is an experience that any travel enthusiast should have before kicking the bucket.
    It is really incredible how China and the Chinese simply made it a habit to make things on a monumental scale: the terra cotta soldiers, the great wall of china, etc.
    It helped that China, for most of its history, was ruled by emperors who simply ordered things done and the whole country rose up to make them happen.
    Whoever said that “it is good to be the king”, had no idea how much fun it was to be a Chinese emperor.
    It is no wonder they sought eternal life. If I were having that much fun, I would’ve been terribly disappointed by the propsect of dying. (Imagine that: me as a Chinese emperor and imagine all the great…achievements that I would have attained(throughout the empire).

    Strawberry McCaine Says:

    September 25, 2010 at 10:18 am e

    another gem courtesy of stumble upon

    Lindsey Daddio Says:

    October 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm e

    Im really like your style! I hope next entries will be on the same level like previous!


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