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Friday, June 17, 2011

Return to China -- Part 14, The Terracotta Army

Our next stop was at one of the world's great heritage sites -- the terracotta army constructed to serve Qin Shi Huang, "first emperor of China" in the afterlife. The warriors date from more than 2,200 years ago and had disappeared from memory until 1974 when some local peasants discovered them.

We had visited the site before and I had taken a number of pictures then [you can see them here] so I wandered around shooting whatever caught my eye.

Flowers outside the entrance.

Warriors and horses.

So hated was China's first dynasty that it was overthrown shortly after Qin's death and the victorious rebels broke into and destroyed much of the terracotta army. These two pictures show the condition in which many of the warriors were found.

And finally, a group photograph. Then it was back on the bus and off to our next destination.

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