It's been a whirlwind 16 days in China. Our travel schedule was so packed that this is the first time I've had an opportunity to post since we left! Once back in the US, I'll submit posts with details from the course, but in the meantime, I'll share a few highlights with our student travelers.
One of the most impactful moments on the course was our visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an. The Terra Cotta Warriors gaurd the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Emperor Qin. They were discovered by accident when a local farmer was digging a well, and discovered broken pieces of terra cotta pottery. The initial excavation of the grounds revield an army worthy of protecting the Emperor in the afterlife.
This is only 1 of 4 pits! Archeologist anticipate there are over 6000 soldiers, all of differing rank and purpose, buried under ground protecting the Emperor from invadors.
What's even more amazing, the Qin Dynasty only ruled from 221 - 206 BCE. The First Emperor Qin only held power for 10 years, and yet his subjects were able to create over 6000 individual soldiers to gaurd his tomb. At the Terra Cotta Warrior factory, they explained that each warrior takes more than 1 month to complete. What an incredible amount of work went into preparing Emperor Qin's tomb in just a short amount of time.
Here is Chris becoming one with the Terra Cotta Warriors.
These soldiers are infantry men. You can tell by their hair style (right-side knot) and the type of armor. Inside the pits, archeologists have discovered soldiers, officers, generals, and calvary. Each one with an individual face. The historians speculate the faces are modeled after Emperor Qin's actual army.