Travel Photography Photos tagged as xi'an
Bell Tower at night, XI'an
Outside Pit 2
Note that although the characters are Arabic, they are writing vertically like Chinese script.
...but it's actually a minaret!
Qin Shi Huang really did think of everything...
Not sure of the symbolism but it was interesting to see that there was even a terracotta 'animal keeper' made! Shame I couldn't have spent longer at that museum...
(I find body bags just creepy on an archaeology site!)
Since its discovery in 1974, there has been continuous research at the site of the Terracotta Army - an archaeologist's dream surely!
The biggest pit of them all. Each soldier famously has different facial features and expressions to create the most life-like terracotta army possible.
This is why pit 2 is completely covered up - perhaps they anticipate a future technology where the original colours of the Terracotta Army can be preserved permanently in a way that we can view them.
You can clearly see the divisions
Covered up to preserve the colours