Quote: "There were Seven Wonders in the world, and the discovery of the Terracotta Army, we may say, is the eighth miracle of the world. No one who has not seen the pyramids can claim to have visited Egypt, and now I'd say that no one who has not seen these terracotta figures can claim to have visited China."
Visited by over 70 heads of state: Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Wilson Reagan, Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Alfred Kissinger, Former U.S. Vice President Walter Frederick Mondale, Denmark's Queen Margret II, Former German Chancellors Karl Carstens and Helmut Kohl, Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II...
Original purpose: An afterlife army for First Emperor Qin.
See a terracotta figure closely
Layout of the Terracotta Warriors
Facing east (towards the
ancient enemies of the Qin State)
Right flank: infantry and chariots (Vault One) on the right flank
Left forward position: various archers, infantry, cavalry, and chariots (Vault Two)
Rear left position: command post with officers, a chariot, and soldier detachment (Vault Three)
Battle array theory: from The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Archaeological Significance: It reveals much about the Qin Empire’s technology, military, arts, culture, and military.
The Terracotta Army Museum and the Qin Mausoleum are now combined as a single site, called Lishan Garden.
Largest and most impressive (about 230 x 60 m) — airplane-hangar-sized.
The main army: 6,000 terracotta figures (<2,000 displayed)
Vault One displays about 2,000 warriors
"Highlight of the vaults" (about 96 x 84 m)
arrays: archers, chariots, mixed forces, and cavalry
Smallest, but very important (21 x 17 m)
The command post — 68 figures: officers, soldiers, and a chariot.
Bronze Carriage Exhibition Hall
The world's largest and most intricate ancient bronze artifacts
2 carriages: 3,400 parts and 1,234 kg each!
Sumptuous gold and silver ornamentation: 1,720 pieces, weighing 7 kg per carriage
Museum of the Terracotta Acrobats; Museum of Terracotta Civil Officials; Museum of Stone Armor
First Emperor Qin's Tomb
Huge burial mound — 400m square (32 football pitches), originally 100m (328 ft) high, now 47m (154 ft)
Treasures: Unexcavated, it may contain vast wealth. Historian Sima Qian (135–86 BC) wrote it contained 'a world with mountains made of gold, stars represented by pearls, jewels, and flowing rivers of mercury'.
Location: two kilometers west of the Terracotta Army