Sunday, January 2, 2011

Xi'an Warriors

As soon as our ship docked in Hong Kong we took a flight to Xi'an to see the Terracotta Warriors. Xi'an was filled with smog and buildings under construction. The city is growing rapidly. Here, there is a clash between the old and knew. A wall built thousands of years ago in the earlier dynasties is still used for recreation use and entrances and exits to and from the city. While modern buildings trap the old shrines, monuments, and buildings.

The Terracotta Warriors were found in the 1970's by farmers. They were created in the Qin dynasty by Emperor Shi Huangdi. Each warrior has a different face thought to represent each officer in the emperor's army. The soldiers are to protect the emperor in the after-life. Xi'an also houses the tomb of Emperor Shi Huangdi.

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