4/40.- Xian, Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors
The Museum and the archeological excavations
are one mile east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum. In the
Museum is where you will find the pits with the 8,000
statues that were buried with the first Emperor of China, Qin
Shi Huang. Guides say that it took 700,000 workers to complete
the Royal tomb, and that several of them were buried within
Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 259-210 BC, came to
the throne at the age of 13, and soon
afterwards the work on
mausoleum started. It took 11 years to finish it. The site was
discovered in 1974, when local farmers were digging for a well.
Archeologists soon found out this was one of the 20th century's
biggest archeological discoveries.