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

by Rosemarie John on October 5, 2014

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Pit 2

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Vault Two stands about 20 meters north to Vault One. As the highlight of the whole mausoleum, it uncovers the mystery of the ancient army array. It consists of four units, measuring 94 meters east to west and 84 meters south to north and 5 meters deep, forming a 6000 sq. meter built-up area. 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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The first unit contains rows of kneeling and standing archers; the second one is a chariot war array; the third unit consists of mixed forces with infantry, chariot and troopers standing in rectangular array; and the last one includes numerous troopers holding weapons. The four units form a rigorous battle array. Ref: China Highlights. 1998. The Terracotta Army. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.chinahighlights.com/xian/terracotta-army/. [Accessed 05 October 14].

Pit 3

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Vault Three is the smallest of all and measures 17.6 meters east to west and 21.4 meters south to north and the bottom of the pit varies from 5.2 meters to 5.4 meters below ground level. It’s obvious that Vault Three was built to be the command post for the soldiers in other pits. The three vaults stand like an equilateral triangle. 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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