Terracotta Army and Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
70Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Our breakfast was served by the local staff at the Han Tang Inn hostel, which had an American Breakfast option. It included eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and toast. It was well worth the value at 20 RMB, whereas the Bridge Cafe near BLCU features a near identical breakfast for 35 RMB. Once he had filled our stomachs, we plotted out a route that would take us to the world famous Terracotta Warriors. We asked the hostel staff for instructions for local transit and set off from the hostel by 9AM.
We elected to utilize the local transit of buses within the city and to the tourist sites
Upon arriving at the Terracotta Army museum, we were overwhelmed by the number of tour buses and tourists in the area. A downside was the significant development around the area of the Terracotta Warriors which distracted me in a sense if they were to discover more significant artifacts, local construction may have disrupted its future value. Nevertheless, we found our way to the entrance of the museum and proceeded forward. Our first visit was to excavation pit #1, we were entranced by the epic scale and labor placed into the creation of each statue. It was an amazing site to see so many uniquely designed soldiers in once location. There were some that did not survive throughout the years, however many of them still retained their demeaning appearances on their faces. Excavation pit #3 contained Qin Shi Huang's commanding officials in a smaller location, many of which were headless and were oriented to assist the emperor in his afterlife journey. Excavation pit #2 was also large as it contained many horsemen and archers.
After viewing the Terracotta Army location, our paid admission also allowed us to visit the emperor's final resting place as well. Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum's is a large earth mound, shaped in a pyramidal structure. The story behind his burial included rivers of mercury that represented the stars and rivers of China