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 warrior 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 the tomb.

Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 259-210 BC, came to the throne at the age of 13, and soon afterwards the work on his 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.

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