Episode Extra: A Visit with the Amazing Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an

Hey there guys! Hope y’all enjoyed this episode!

So the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an are an absolutely amazing sight. Seriously. One of those things that just has to be seen to truly be appreciated!

We spent a couple of hours exploring the site outside the city of Xi’an with our local guide Paul, and not only took a ton of really cool photos of the place (several of which are below), but learned a ton of fascinating things about the story of the warriors: their purpose, their construction, their legend, and of course their incredible chance discovery by a couple of local farmers back in 1974. It’s indeed one heck of a story, and you can learn much more about it from this excellent National Geographic article¬†here. But in the meantime, here are a few short bullet points for your reading pleasure. Check ’em out:

  • The army was built to resemble the real-life army of Quin Shi Huang, who was China’s very first emperor. It is believed construction began around the year 246 BC.
  • It took more than 700,000 people roughly 40 years working around the clock to complete all the statues. And it’s estimated there are around 8,000 life-size statues that have been uncovered so far. Each statue is different from the next, with different hair, different facial expressions, and some even have their original color showing. But it’s not only soldiers! In addition, 130 chariots and more than 600 terracotta horses have also been uncovered to date.
  • Over time the figures became buried and thus lost to the pages of legend and lore. But purely by happenstance they were discovered in 1974 by a couple of local farmers who were out in a field digging a water well.
  • The site consists of three different “pits” or “vaults” which have been uncovered to various degrees. But there is also a fourth pit which has remained largely untouched! So it’s quite possible – almost certain, actually – that there are many more figures and treasures waiting to reveal themselves at the site.

Have you been? Seen the Terracotta Army for yourself? Let us know about your experience in the comments down below. We’d love to hear from you! And for those of y’all who have never been, we sure hope you’ll get the chance someday. Very, very cool stuff.

Cheers guys! Thanks again for watching, and enjoy the photos! (Click on any of them for the larger version.)

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