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Video: Terra-Cotta Warriors

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Part of a monumental necropolis dedicated to China’s first emporer, the Terra-Cotta Warriors were rediscovered in 1974 by Chinese farmers digging a well. Since 1974, more than 600 pits have been unearthed over a 22-mile area; in addition to the clay soldiers, Qin Shi Huangdi’s underground royal court included bronze waterfowl, terra-cotta musicians and acrobats for entertainment, as well as clay officials to keep everyone on track.

Today’s video comes straight from China, thanks to YouTube user MartialArtsCinema.


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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
The famous Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an

The famous Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an

China is one of the world’s most talked-about destinations. Full of wonder, history, and culture, we can’t wait to go back soon. For the first-time travelers (and die-hard fans), here’s a taste of fascinating China:

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