Wednesday, 22 October 2014
The horse drawn carriages of Emperor Qin Shihuang
I had heard of the Terracotta Army, I suppose most people have, but I hadn't realised until I received this card that there was much more to it than the name implies - terracotta soldiers. There is indeed the army of 6000 or so soldiers but that is just in Pit 1 of the excavated sites. There are three other pits, the second containing cavalry and chariots, and the third is a command post. The fourth is empty.
It is said that going to China and not seeing the Terracotta Army is like going to Egypt and missing the pyramids.
The card shows one of the two carriages excavated from the site.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.