The famous terracotta army of 6,000 soldiers and horses buried 2,000 years ago and discovered intact in 1974 is 22 miles from Xi'an. It was all built for the tomb of Emperor Qin, who unified China.
The Mausoleum of Emperor Qin stretches out over nearly 22 mi˛. Pit n°1 is part of archaeological discoveries made here.© Vladimir Zhuravlev / 123RF
Other pits were discovered miles from the burial mounds holding the remains of the emperor.© Stephen Tapply / age fotostock
According to a Chinese architect, the soldiers of the buried army did not belong to the emperor but to the army of his great-great-grandmother.© IMAGEMORE / age fotostock
Most of the soldiers are made from terracotta. To personalise their faces, clay touches were added.© IMAGEMORE / age fotostock
The terracotta soldiers were arranged according to rank. Therefore, you will find simple infantrymen but also officers and even acrobats.© IMAGEMORE / age fotostock