Saturday, November 14, 2009


Every tour group in China is routed through Xi'an to view the Terracotta Army of the 1st Emperor of China. This is the second time I've seen them, and they really are amazing. 6,000 soldiers, officers, archers, horses and chariots all marching into the Emperor's afterlife; all with individually crafted faces and hairstyles that identify their rank. They only surfaced relatively recently, discovered by a farmer digging a well in 1974. The Emperor's Tomb has yet to be excavated, waiting for adequate preservation technology to be developed.