Castles have fascinated me since childhood… Fairy tales and old cartoons about princesses were my favorites. Therefore, when I travel to a new country, I always try to visit its famous castles and feel the atmosphere they’ve been preserving for ages.
The world-famous Terra cotta Warriors and Horses Museum is located about 1.5 k.m. east of Emperor Qinshi Huang’s Mausoleum, Lintong County, Shaanxi province, which covers a total area of 20 hectares. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China, Rarely is an archeological find actually a “discovery,” as often labeled. Triumphs, when they come at all, follow years of careful research, exploration, and just plain dirty, dusty digging. But what happened in 1974, a few miles outside of Xian, China, was very different. While digging a well, three brothers accidentally came upon one of the 20th century’s greatest archeological treasures. There, buried just a few feet below the surface, were found the first of over 8,000 life-size terracotta figures of armed warriors, horses and chariots. After archaeological excavation and careful research, it turned out to be a pit in which were buried terra-cotta warriors and horses from the Qin Dynasty.