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Day 4 of China vacation 
29th-Oct-2008 02:25 pm
My 4th day in China contained another highlight for me, a visit to the dig site for the Terracotta army. The clay warriors were built as an afterlife army for the first emperor of China. The entire army complex consists of 4 huge pits: a command headquarters, a special military unit and the main army. A 4th pit is empty.

It is estimated that there will be 8,000 such figures once the entire site is excavated. So far only a small percentage has been unearthed. The majority still lie buried and will likely remain so until the technology to preserve them becomes more advanced. Once the figures are dug up, the colouring and other features decay and are lost. The main tomb for the Qin Emperor has also been left unopened in order to preserve it.



The headquarters pit containing both civil and military officials and a war chariot.

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This one is either an archer or a crossbowman.
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One of the calvary unit that formed a special guard.
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One of the foot soldiers of the main army formation.
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Horses pulling a covered war wagon.

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The main army formation containing approx 6,000 life-sized soldiers.
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Comments 
29th-Oct-2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Wow!!!!
29th-Oct-2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Another jealousy moment - I will get there one day.

It is meant to be quite overwhelming - did you find it so?

Glad you spotted some DJ-lookalikes ... Hope they were well behaved!
29th-Oct-2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
The scale of the dig was impressive as was the detailing and the life-likeness of the statues of the men and horses. They seemed very alive in expression. So far they haven't found two alike. Each face is unique. But of course, most of the pits are still unexcavated.
29th-Oct-2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Woooah. I'd seen little bits of this, but nothing that captured the scope and grandeur the way your pictures do.

I want one of those ponies. :^)
30th-Oct-2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Yes I want one too =)
29th-Oct-2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
This is a great view of them. I'm glad they let you take the pictures. Can I confess to a degree of envy too?
30th-Oct-2008 03:29 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to do this for along time. I'm glad that I'm finally able to do it.
30th-Oct-2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Wow. I heard that each one is unique and probably modelled on a real individual. Is that so?

The one lying down has beautiful and natural colour. Why was he different, or does the colour flake off them when exposed to air?
30th-Oct-2008 03:27 am (UTC)
So far each one they've found is unique. They estimate that the main form is cast from about 8 different molds and the features shaped afterwards. They didn't say if each one was modelled on a real individual but from the Qin emperor's love for his army, perhaps they were. All of the statues were coloured originally but they lose it when it is exposed to air. It's probably one of the reasons why they've left most of them buried for now.
30th-Oct-2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Such a pity they can't preserve the colouring. Perhaps they'll work out a way.
30th-Oct-2008 11:59 am (UTC)
They really are amazing, the amount of detail.
30th-Oct-2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Your photos are really fantastic. It's such an awe inspiring place; and to think there is still much, much more to be uncovered!
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