Cheung Wing Chung Adrian
The Clay Army
Imagine an army made out of clay protecting a dead emperor in his afterlife. Well, there is no need to imagine. There is an “army” called the Terracotta Army, protecting the Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife.
The Terracotta Army is located in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaan, China. It was discovered by Yang Zhifa, on March 29, 1974, while he was digging a well. The Terracotta army includes 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots and 520 horses, covering 25,380 square meters of land.
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. It is a form of fernery art buried with the emperor.
The Terracotta Army was built as a mausoleum for Qin Shi Huang, surrounded by soldier and horses, which are believed to protect the emperor in his afterlife. They are also believed to prevent the emperor from going to the deepest level of the afterlife place.
If you would like to buy a Terracotta soldier as a souvenir, you would probably pay at least 4.5 million US dollars to buy. The Terracotta Army is also a replica of the true Terracotta warriors of Xian, so the soldiers “wear” old-styled war clothing and have a round bun on the top of their heads. All soldiers in the Terracotta Army are all unique in appearance or clothing.
The Terracotta Army is an important part of the first emperor in Chinese History. It is also worth learning about this landmark since it shows the appearance of Chinese warriors and chariots in the Qin dynasty. But most importantly, the whole landmark “tells” us lots of thoughts in Qin Shi Huang’s mind.