Ailsa’s travel challenge this week, is ‘Leading lines’. I couldn’t for the life of me think what to post for this, other than roads, power lines or traffic jams. Then I remembered our visit to see the Terracotta Army at the Museum of Qin just outside Xian in Shaanxi Province. It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world’s cultural heritage sites.
I had of course heard of this amazing collection of life-size figures of warriors and horses, but I was absolutely awestruck to actually see them in real life, standing in long lines as if ready for battle. It is said that no two faces are the same, and there are over 8,000 soldiers.
There are columns of soldiers at the front, followed by war chariots at the back.
Excavations are still ongoing in the three pits in which they were discovered by local farmers in 1974. They are a form of funerary art buried with the Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 210-209 BC. They were there to protect him in his afterlife and to make sure that he had people to rule over. I’ve heard of “ruling from the grave” but this is quite ludicrous. 😉
My favourite sculpture is this fabulous horse-drawn carriage, sculpted in copper, which was in a glass case in the actual museum.
It will be years before all the lines of soldiers are excavated and cleaned up, but even now, one can see that the army is arrayed in a rectangular formation, all facing east. In the front there are three rows each with 210 warriors making up the front ranks.Behind them are marching soldiers and horse-drawn war chariots, making up the main body of the army. This is indeed a most amazing spectacle.
So there you have my leading lines of warriors with thousand of others bringing up the rear.
Perfect for the theme. Wonderful post, ad.
Thanks so much, Naomi. 🙂
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Thanks so much for this. 😀
These battles formations are perfect for the challenge AD! I remember being awed by the immense scale of this site!
Thanks, Madhu. Yes it was really mid-blowing to think of all the work which had been done by so many in order to create these figures.
I have always wanted to see this. You do visit the best places 🙂
We do our best, Tilly. 🙂
I saw a documentary about them. Stunning! Thanks for the great post and pics.
Glad you enjoyed the post, Ruth. 😉
they are soo impressive aren’t they
Oh yes, Jo. I was very impressed. 😉
Amazing AD, how lucky that you have seen this in person. Is there a book in making of your wonderful travel?:-)
Yes I am very fortunate, cocoa. I think my blog could be the beginnings of a book, but all the photos would be too expensive to put into a book. 😉
Can you imagine the payroll costs for this lot!
Well yes, but they probably got paid peanuts, or should that be ‘noodles’? 🙂 The Chinese aren’t renowned for their human rights when it comes to the workers.
I’ve watched this in the movie “The Mummy:Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” but I’ve never realized that these are real. So amazing. How can they even make something like this, over 8,000, it takes patience to finish this kind of art. Very nice post!
It certainly must have taken a lot of labour and time to create all these sculptures. I can hardly believe it myself. 😉
Great take on the theme, the carriage is beautiful.
Thanks so much, Trudi. 😉
Excellent to the theme … and a wonderful post.
Thanks so much, Frank. 😉
Thank you. 🙂
Fab post. Amazing photos. Thank you as always for sharing.
Regards Florence x
You’re welcome, Florence, and thanks for your visit and comment. 😉
Very good interpretation of the theme and so interesting. It is mind boggling to think from today’s perspective that people actually had the time to create all those figures.
Thanks, optie. Yes it’s a very different world we live in today. I also wonder how they found the time.
It must have been totally amazing to see in real lfe. Is there anywhere you’d still like to go ad?
Yes it was amazing. There are quite a few places I would still love to see. Top of my list is Russia to travel on the Trans-Siberian railway. You’ll know all about it when I get there. 🙂 Hugs xx
Wow, ad, what a perfect post for the theme, that first photo really conveys the majesty of the army of statues. Those horses are fabulous too! I would love to see them for myself one day. xxx Ailsa
Thanks so much, Ailsa. Glad you approve of my interpretation of your theme. 😉
saw the horses for the first time – they have to carry that weight too …
Yes, those horses are spectacular.
Hi AD, read that they keep finding more of these ancient burial sites in that area of China, but the one in your pics is still the biggest 🙂
Thanks, Chris. That’s so interesting. We’ll have to go again one day to see the others. 😉
wonderful lines, leading to history’s future….. Amazxing!!!!
Thanks so much. Yes, totally amazxing. 🙂
wow! someone wanted to be looked after when he was in the afterlife 🙂
He certainly was taking no chances, was he? 😉
Let’s just hope him and and the army stay on the same side or things could get tricky
How I would love to see this… thanks for the share you lucky traveler you…
You’re so welcome, bdt. Glad you enjoyed my post. 😉
8,000 soldiers in grand formation. Perfect subject for the theme. Just beautiful. It’s amazing what the past can create. Can hold us totally breatheless. Thanks.
Thanks so much. Yes there are so many wonderful sights to behold in this world, if we are lucky enough to see them. 😉
Om my gulay! This is so arresting! I bet, a lot of people, like me, dream about seeing this personally upon finding out about.
This post is so amazing. I can’t wait to feature your blig someday. It will be an ardous tasking for figuring my most favorite post of yours.
Thanks so much, Rommel. I’d be honoured. 🙂
Amazing! I had heard and read of this collection and you are so lucky to have seen them in person. Excellent choice for challenge.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. 🙂
Wow, I’ve heard of these before adinparadise. Very cool to see them through your eyes!
Glad you enjoyed my visit. 🙂
Yes, it’s always great to have a traveler who shares their experiences with those of us who can’t make it to those spots!
This is great AD – a great post! I was sorry we couldn’t fit a visit to see them into our Beijing trip. There was an exhibit with a few individual statues at the Olympic Park, but lines to get in were hours long! 🙂
Thanks to Gemma, too for the additional video.
Thanks so much. Yes, the video is awesome too, but nothing beats actually being there. 😉
I’m sure that’s true – imagine the number of craftsmen and time it took to create each of these! Just amazing! 😉
oh ad you have done it again, an amazing post, how perfect for lines! this is one thing i would like to see in person, so incredibly impressive 🙂
Thanks so much, Christine. 😉
I’d love to see those,walk amongst them,feel what their stories…
Me too, DC.
You have, once again, outdone yourself. I continue to be awestruck at your fantastic travels.
Thanks so much, Gunta. Before I started blogging here, I didn’t really think about how much I had to share. 🙂
Absolutely perfect! I haven’t seen them for real but whenever I see pictures I find them fascinating. I can’t help wondering about the creating of them. A few maybe, but so many ?
They are quite mind boggling when you actually see them all lined up there, Gilly. 😯
Perfect entry for the theme! I never made it to see the warriors while I was in China but wish I had. Pretty amazing!
Thanks, NIcole. It was my main reason for visiting China.
Fantastic! I hope to get to Xian one day to see the Terracotta Army in situ. I managed to see the travelling exhibition in Budapest this time last year, which only whetted my appetite for more.
It’s definitely a must see, Marianne.
Great post, photographs and place to visit. Thank you dear AD, love, nia
Thanks again, nia. Love to you too. 😉
Just amazing…I never knew!!
Absolutely, Suzanne. 😉
Found this on YouTube if anyone wants to watch. Interesting pose, AD. Thanks.
Hope the link works.
Cool video 🙂
Thanks, Gemma. I enjoyed the video. 😉
Thanks for the link to the video, Gemma! xxx
Gemma, Thanks for the video.
fantastic photos and submission to the theme. I’ve always thought to truly appreciate these warriors you would have to be in the same room as them. It’s almost impossible for me to comprehend the magnitude of them. Would so like to visit them one day. tell me, does everybody walk around them quietly in awe?
Thanks, Ruth, You can’t actually go walking around them, as you are separated by a wall. You actually look down at them, because they were buried in the ground. The structure they are in is like a huge warehouse.