A ruthless and ambitious man, Qin Shi Huang united the warring kingdoms to become the first emperor of China in the 200s BCE. In order to ensure his military might would continue with him into the afterlife he “employed” some 700,000 workers to build thousands of clay warriors, horses and chariots. 8000+ sculptures have been discovered but many more likely lay beneath the ground waiting to be excavated. Not recorded in history books, the terracotta warriors were simply found by random chance in the 1970s when some local farmers were digging a well and noticed some peculiar ceramics underground.
Here are a few photos from our visit to the Terracotta Warriors outside of Xi’an.