Today we travelled to see the Terracotta Warriors which were found and based in Xi’an. The history behind the stone army is very strange. Its a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of the Qin Shi Huang, who was the first Emperor of China. The emperor himself, was said to have taken lots of mercury during his life in order to prolong it, which in fact made him die at a young age. He created the amy to protect himself during the afterlife.
The figures dated back to the late third century. They were first discovered in 1974 by a local farmer in Lintong District Xi’an, Shaanxi province. He was given 10 Yuen by the government, which now is roughly £1. However at the time is about one months wages. The figures vary in heights according to their roles, the tallest being the generals. It was estimated in 2007 that there were three pits containing more then 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. However they suggest it may take 40 more years to have uncovered all the pieces. each warrior was built to look like a member of his army, and once built, everyone who was involved was killed so that it could stay a secret.
Later when the Emperor died, he was buried in the mountains by his brother, surrounded by Mercury. It has only been estimated that he was buried in this location, but has never been dug up due to superstition.
At first I did not know the history behind it, I thought the idea was very interesting.The sight was amazing, but now knowing the history it makes me quite sad, as if they were killed and there soul stays alive in there clay statue. Kinda creepy, but to find these all buried from that long ago is very interesting and makes you think how times have changed so much and what kind of world we live in today. I am so glad I was able to see this while I am in China. Feeling very blessed.
In the evening we met up with Dr. Roberts friend called Dennis. A man who works at the university Robert works at in China. He was so friendly and his english was great. He met us at the bell tower and he took us to Muslim Street where we tried some of the local food. Some of the food was delicious, but we also tried Mutton, which was not to my taste. However I really enjoyed the atmosphere and bought some random souvenirs.