* Random images of ... the Terracotta Warriors April 08 2015

I knew this was going to be a high-point of my travels. Nevertheless, I was stunned by the scale of the Terracotta Army. Discovered in 1974 (I'll never forget seeing those early images on our TV at home), I'd long wanted to see the real deal. Situated near Xi`an, & only part-excavated, the reality of the exhibit was something else. Some 600 pits have been discovered, in an area of about 22 square miles. 3 Pits only have been opened for Tourism. My only sadness is that I was shooting hand-held, without a Tripod, in jpeg at that stage, & I was part of a Trekking group which had it's inevitable time constraints. I'd love to shoot this properly, in RAW. 

It was, for a long time, thought that the extent of the replica army was purely army-based. Recently, it's been discovered that the Terracotta exhibit forms an apparently fully-fledged record of the Court at the time of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi's rule. 

For those interested in far more detailed examinations of the life of the 1st Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, follow the Hyperlinks below to articles by the Smithsonian Institute & National Geographic.

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