The Chinese really put a lot of money into the Terracotta Warriors . I’m not going to pass judgement on how it was done and what happened to the people who used to live on the land, but the fact remains that the Chinese have created an expansive network of warehouses and museums to protect and exhibit the Terracotta Warriors. When you see them all lined up, many of them in the exact location in which they were buried, its a pretty cool and yet weird site. Hundreds of thousands of statues, of soliders and both animals, each with individual features- I mean its almost like something our of a horror movie. I was waiting for them to come alive and eat the tourists.
Sure the place was crowded and nobody pushes through a crowd like an efficient tour guide, but it was definitely a cannot miss place.
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IF YOU GO: Definitely check out our original Xian post- we passed along good tips for independent travelers to make the most out of their visit to Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors. Very frequently the farmer who discovered the warriors is in the giftshop signing books. He didn’t look too happy to be sitting there, but welcome to communism I guess. Maybe someone could convince the government to give that guy and his family some time off… say like a Maldives holiday.