It was amazing to see the Terracotta Army today, a real highlight of our time in China so far.
Emperor Qin Shihuang, known as the First Emperor of unified China, died in 210 BC. It is thought that he believed he would continue to rule in death as he had in life, and so he ordered the creation of the Terracotta Warriors, who were lined up ready for battle and buried inside a network of pits around 1.5km from where he was buried.
There are currently believed to be around 8,000 life sized terracotta figures and each one is unique. They are incredibly detailed and they all have different facial expressions, hairstyles and even the tread on their boots is unique. It was just mind blowing to see this for ourselves. They were all armed with bronze weapons, from spears to bow and arrows. We didn’t know that they were painted when they were made!
The Army was discovered in 1974 by farmers drilling for a well. We hadn’t realised that the excavations are still ongoing. It is amazing to think about the kind of ruler Qin Shihuang was, that his workforce created thousands of these amazing figures to be buried with him in death. He is also credited with unifying several walls to create the beginning of the Great Wall of China.