Gilda's Photos - Xian, Terracotta Warriors, Part 1

In between training programs in Shanghai, China, I was able to visit Xi'an and see the famous Terracotta Warriors. 

The figures, dating from the 3rd century BC, were to protect the emperor, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China.  They were discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well.  They are in the process of being painstakingly unearthed and restored. 

There are thousands of figures, including warriors, horses and chariots.

The figures were made of terracotta and painted. 
The paint faded after the figures were exposed to the air.

(Photo courtesy NU)

(Photo courtesy NU)

For more photos of my trip, see the following posts:

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