Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors was an amazing find by the farmer in the picture. He was digging a well when he discovered the Terracotta Warriors in 1974. There are over 8,000 of them plus horses and chariots. It is fascinating to walk through the large covered building that protects them. They are still uncovering and reconstructing them. They were destroyed by another group long ago. The farmer signs books at the gift shop. 

 This is our first view of the army. 



 Each one has a unique face. 


 Ok no photos. Click click. The guards even took one for me of the horses that were behind a guardrail. 



 Reconstruction is an ongoing project. 


 Translations were interesting. Fire extinguisher. 

 Kind of eerie to see the parts that are being uncovered. 

 That is Chinese writing behind me. 
Interesting note. Our tour company owners have a good (very good) friend in China who looks out for them. He made sure that our buses had police escorts everywhere. They stopped traffic in China for us to go through heavy traffic areas. When we got to the Terracotta Warriors place they drove us past the parking lots (20 minute walk) and parked right next to the buildings. Not one other vehicle there got to do that. It was fun to hear the story of how they became such good friends. Works for us!!!

5 comments:

Rachel said...

"Ok no photo. Click click." hahahaha

Matt & I saw some other terracotta soldiers in at the museum of modern art in SF a few years back. I'll have to find the pic and send it to you.

Only Girl said...

Mary could you please interrupt what the fence says?? Im having a hard time making it out. :) Still thanking you for all the great pix. I truly enjoy them!!!

Garden of Egan said...

That is so unreal! I can't imagine.

Beth said...

Your travels are always full of unique stories. Amazing

barbchuck said...

The Terracotta Warriors are the thing I would want to see the very most of everything else in China. I once saw a few a China exhibit in Seattle years ago. How did you manage to get so many pictures? How lucky you were that your tour quide had parking connections! I imagine some tourists had to walk quite a distance. This trip of yours is simply amazing.