Saturday, August 20, 2011

Terracotta Warriors and Horses

After the Pagoda we went and learned how they make the warriors.

After they are finished molding them they are placed in this kiln and it takes 2-3 days for the small size.  They cut open the doors remove the finished ones, then reseal the doors.  It takes over 2 weeks for the life size warriors.

This little pomegranate is their "mascot" for Xian.
After lunch we went to the site of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

The tomb was discovered in 1974 while a well was being dug.  Pottery was first to be found.  This was the tomb of  Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 BC - 210 BC).  He built this army for the after life.
The size of this building is amazing.
That hole in the middle is where somewhere was buried and never discovered the emperor's tomb.

The black is from fires that burned the carriages years and years ago when the tomb had been raided.
All of these pictures are of Pit 1.  Pit 2 is much smaller and they have uncovered a small portion compared to the first Pit.  Then Pit 3 had not had any digging. 
Notice the cables?  They don't bury them.  They just add more and roll them up the best they can.

This guy is giving a haircut in a public park.  This was the second day I noticed it.

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