Terra Cotta Warriors, pit 2

Terra Cotta Warriors, pit 3
Terra Cotta Warriors, museum exhibits

The second pit was much larger than the third.  I was not able to capture the width of the large warehouse-sized room with my little Sony Cyber-shot camera.  Instead, I took a pair of photos and stitched them together; sooner or later I will learn how do stitch photos using Adobe Photoshop…

The soldiers were placed in long open pits and then covered with long logs, soil was then placed atop the logs and then the entire site was reburied.  In this way, underground chambers were created.

The downside to this technique was that over time the logs gave way and sagged and eventually collapsed leaving the hollow soldier statues broken and crushed.  However, some did survive the weight of the earth and remained intact.

Some beautiful statues and artifacts survived the 1800 years since they were buried.  In this photo I took you can see a wagon wheel and the remains of a soldier statue.

Later, I would visit one of the museum exhibits that housed the horses and chariots, photos of their excavation was on display:

Unfortunately, since the Terra Cotta Warriors were unearthed, they have begun to decay; the paint that originally covered them is fading each year that they are exposed to sunlight.  When originally excavated, the bright paint that covered them was still quite visible.  I captured some photos of the excavation display.  It is remarkable to think that thousands of these soldiers were handmade, painted, and then buried in elaborate ceremony.

I took so many photos at this site.  But it is impossible to post them all.  I have tried to capture the essence of my visit without missing out on anything important.  Many of the original statues were on display behind glass.  In this photo, one of the high-ranking generals was on display and I was able to pose next to him for a pic:


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Terra Cotta Warriors, pit 3
Terra Cotta Warriors, museum exhibits

5 thoughts on “Terra Cotta Warriors, pit 2

  1. Wow! This is an amazing place! I do love the ancient world history and China definitely has got something very very special. Keep posting! :)


  2. Thanks for describing your photographic challenges. We are trying to decide what to pack tonight for our visit in Xian tomorrow. As per your experience, we’ve decide to pack a tripod and a wide angle lens, despite our previous decision to “travel light.” Thanks so much for adding this info to your post.

    • I’m glad that you found this post helpful. I haven’t traveled with a full-sized tripod for a while now and I sure do miss it. I recently picked up a wireless remote for the SLR and a tripod would really be helpful for taking photos of myself in outdoor situations. I recently picked up a Sony A55 that has panorama shooting and I’ve really been using that feature a lot. I shot some wide angle photos in Washington and Oregon and I really wish that I had this camera when I was in China. I don’t think that you will ever go wrong bringing a wide-angle lense (or equivalent) when you travel. Good luck on your trip – I hope you have a wonderful time! :-)

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