Face-to-Face with the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an

by Rosemarie John on October 5, 2014

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This vault measures 210 meters long and 62 meters wide and the bottom of the pit varies from 4.5 meters to 6.5 meters below ground level. Ten earthen walls were built at intervals of 2.5 meters, forming 9 circling corridors. Ref: China Highlights. 1998. The Terracotta Army. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.chinahighlights.com/xian/terracotta-army/. [Accessed 05 October 14].

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About 6000 terracotta figures made up of soldiers and horses face east in a rectangular array, each one either armed with a long spear, dragger or halberd. The vanguard appears to be three rows of infantry who stand at the easternmost end of the army. Ref: China Highlights. 1998. The Terracotta Army. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.chinahighlights.com/xian/terracotta-army/. [Accessed 05 October 14].

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Close behind is the main force of armoured soldiers holding weapons accompanied by 38 horse-driven chariots. Ref: China Highlights. 1998. The Terracotta Army. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.chinahighlights.com/xian/terracotta-army/. [Accessed 05 October 14].

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On the southern, northern, and western sides stand one row of figures serving as the army’s defence wing. Ref: China Highlights. 1998. The Terracotta Army. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.chinahighlights.com/xian/terracotta-army/. [Accessed 05 October 14].

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