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Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Army, also known as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of the First Qin Dynasty, is among the first batch of national cultural relics protection unit and Chinese World Heritage Sites. The site is located in Lintong District, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China. The Terracotta Army is a category of ancient tomb sculptures, namely the soldiers and horses shaped sacrificial objects. In March 1974, the Terracotta Army were discovered; in 1987, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and the Terracotta Army were approved by the UNESCO for inclusion in the "World Heritage List" and was hailed as "The Eighth Wonder of the World".

​The shaping of Terracotta Army objects is basically based on real life, with delicate and lively techniques. Each terracotta object has different costume, hairstyle, expression and gesture. From their appearances, they can be judged whether they are officers or soldiers, or whether they are infantry or cavalry. On the whole, all the figures reveal the unique dignity and calmness of Qin people, with distinctive personalities and strong characteristics of the times.

The terracotta warriors and horses sculptures use a combination of painting and moulding. Although they are made over 2,000 years ago, the color on the terracotta objects are still visible when they are just excavated. In terms of technique, it focuses on expressiveness, skillful composition, and flexible techniques. It is full of authentic and decorative. Because of this, Qin Terracotta Army occupy an important position in the history of Chinese sculpture. Judging from the more than 1,000 potteries that have been unearthed, there is almost no similarity.

Terracotta Warriors (Xi'An)

Location: Lintong District, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province

Suggested Duration: 3-5 hours

Opening Hours:March to November: 8:30-17:30; December to March: 8:30-17:00

Category:Cultural landscape