Best of China: Metting the Terracotta Warriors

How bad would it be to admit that I knew nothing of the Terracotta Warriors before researching my trip to China? After noticing my itinerary included a stop at the famous site, I spent a whole afternoon googling . By the end of the night, the Terracotta Warrior was among my top three list of place I as most excited to see, right after the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.   My trip was a few months ago now, so when I  think back to my time at the museum I only remember trying to find the perfect spot to see every detail, bouncing off of other visitors in the dark galleries, and the amazing home-cooked meal we had after the visit.

 

Let’s refresh the memories together.

 

The Terracotta Warriors were discovered by farmers in China’s Xi’an territory in the 1970’s. They are thought to be over two million years old.

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Arm from far away
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A closer look.
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Each warrior was uniquely hand made. If you look long enough you would notice different shoes,hair styles, facial features, and uniforms on all the men. They were also individually painted at one point. The vibrant colors started to fade after evacuation.

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Notice how the warriors vary in look
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The warriors are part of a much larger stone kingdom. The statues were made on the orders of an emperor who wanted his empire cemented so it would last even after his death. His chariots are even posed for war in the case of new threats.

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Terracotta translates into baked earth.

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The army waiting in ranks
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Not all survived the wait @thepinkexpat.com

Not all survived the wait
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Away to China I Go

Photo Credit:Wikimedia commons.org

Photo Credit:Wikimedia commons.org

In two weeks’ time, I’ll be on my way to Beijing, China.

Shortly after arriving in Korea, I invested in the 8-day tour with Gap Adventures. The first few days will be spent exploring Beijing (I’ve already been day dreaming about pandas and toboggan rides down the Great Wall). From there I’ll head to the see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and after a few more stops and an overnight train through the countryside, I’ll spend my last weekend sightseeing in Shanghai.

I’ve been looking forward to this trip for months but I’ve also been eager to start documenting my adventures.

So, in the upcoming weeks expect lots of pre and post-trip posts.