Xi’an and Terra-Cotta Warriors – One of the Greatest Archaeological Finds of the 20th Century

Terracotta Warriors Guilin, China

Underground Terra-Cotta Army

Xi’an, China is home to one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Its “Underground Army” features life-size clay Terra-Cotta Warriors. Built to guard the first Emperor of China’s tomb, it is estimated that there are over 8,000 life-size terra-cotta figures and horses buried here. The grave’s creators were buried alive in the mausoleum to ensure its secrecy, until it was discovered in 1974. 

The site was opened to the public in 1980. Since then, archaeologists have uncovered over 2,000 of the 8,000 life-size warriors fro 22 square miles. Planted in battle formation, each of the soldier’s bodies are identical – cast from the same mold – although their faces are unique.

The Terra-Cotta Warriors are a “must-see” when visiting Xi’an. It was without doubt, the highlight of our trip to this historic ancient city. Other fun Xi’an attractions include: 

  • Bell Tower & Drum Tower
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Da Fa Chang Restaurant
  • Shaanxi History Museum
  • Small Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Banquet

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