Did you know China’s most famous attraction after the Great Wall? It’s Terracotta Army! This set of statues is regarded as one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century.
But do you know who built it and why? Here are 4 facts about the spectacular site for you!
Fact #1: The Terracotta Army is part of the world's largest ancient imperial tomb complex, Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Emperor Qin Shi Huang, China's first emperor, began the construction in 246 BC after he ascended the throne at the age of 13. Such a young age, huh?
The army was then buried along with Emperor Qin around 210 BC. It was supposed to be an afterlife army for the Emperor, as it was believed that objects like statues can be animated in the afterlife. The army was only discovered in 1974 by a farmer.
Fact #2: The warriors are roughly six feet tall and weigh more than 400 pounds! The height of the clay figures vary depending on their ranks. Generals are the tallest.
Fact #3: The army consists of more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses. What’s more, take a close look at them. You will be amazed at the delicate craftsmanship and surprised to find that the faces are all different! No two faces are alike. They also have different facial expressions, clothing, as well as hairstyles.
Fact #4: All warriors and horses were made by hand! As the name suggests, the army is made of terracotta, a baked reddish-brown clay. This material can be easily found in Mount Lishan, near the area where the statues are buried.
To learn more about the Terracotta Army, open Assemblr app and go to ‘Assemblr and Culture’ profile. It comes with descriptions as well as cool facts!
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