Xian, China (PRWEB) May 15, 2006
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum, Lintong County, Shaanxi province. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a sensational archeological find. It was listed by UNESCO as one of the world cultural heritage sites.
According to Paul Davis President and CEO of a1Travel-Vacation.com "30 lucky people per day will be able to examine close-up the famed Terracotta Warriors and Horses! Hold artifacts in there hands worth millions of dollars! Create there own rubbings on ancient stone slabs!"
The Terracotta Warriors represent only a small portion of the eight thousand strong underground army buried in front of the Emperor Qinshihuang's tomb (r. 221-207 BC) to defend him in the afterlife.
The craftsmanship attested by each of the statues is as stupendous as the scale of the project. Altogether over 7,000 soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these pits. Most of them have been restored to their former grandeur.
Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had work begun on his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life.
A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. It caught the attention of archeologists immediately. They came to Xian in droves to study and to extend the digs. They had established beyond doubt that these artifacts were associated with the Qin Dynasty (211 --206 BC).
Persons interested in going to China and being part of this special VIP China Government tour of the Terra Cotta Warriors should call 1800-619-8646 for further information.