Landed in a gray Xian yesterday and I was hoping for a sunny day today for the excursion. No such luck. It was very gray but it could very well be the crazy pollution.
The site for the terracotta army is quite a bit outside of the Xian city proper. It took a while getting there through the mad traffic. It is not uncommon in this country that accomplishing little daily things can be exhausting. Simply getting from point A to point B can sometimes drive you to drink. I did quite a bit of that.
Like all major Chinese attractions, the crowds are almost always guaranteed. There were hordes of people with long…long lineup when I arrived. However, once inside the pits, it all paid off.
Site number 1 is very impressive. The procession of the army is quite massive. This site was discovered by a local farmer back in 1974 and
is still in operation with ongoing excavations and restoration. It is near the mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
The figures, dated from 3rd century BC, are all so life like and individual. Every face is different and full of character. Even the height and weight of the figures were carefully calculated according to their roles in the army. You can’t help but spend the time studying these different characters.
The artifacts excavated are also worth a look. They are displayed in the museum on site.