Going to China was an amazing experience that I still cannot seem to get over. When we traveled to 西安(Xi’An), we took a day trip to the Terracotta Soldier park, and what an amazing experience it was. The Terracotta soldiers were a group of soldiers made out of stone, in which not one looked alike. Here I will share with you some of the photos I took, as well as some of my experiences seeing the soldiers and the history of the soldiers!
History: The soldiers were first found by a peasant farmer by the name Yan Peiyang, while digging in a well. As they were digging in the well, they found the remnants of a pottery piece and further down a pottery piece forming a chest of a body. After some time had past, archaeologists went to the site, in which they had found soldiers and horses, which happened to belong to Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum. As the archaeologists started digging, they found three pits of soldiers, whose bodies were all destroyed into little bits. For years upon years, and possibly hundreds of more years to come, archaeologists will be trying to piece together the bodies of the soldiers, with the hope of piecing together and recreating the entire army that there once was.Experiences: As soon as I walked into the first pit of soldiers, I was mesmerized by all of the soldiers that were depicted in the alleys that were dug up, but yet there are still so many soldiers still needed to be pieced back together. As we moved down the walkway to the other side of the building, which was a long walk away, I was so impressed by the amount of work these archaeologists had put into recreating these soldiers. On the other side of the building, you were actually able to see archaeologists using protractors and other tools to piece each individual piece together, a project that would take many more years! This was only the first building, as we entered the next building, to my surprise there was less in it. In this building, there were about four small alleys of soldiers and horses, but in total, not all that much. Finally, in the third building, there were almost no visible soldiers. In addition, there was an immense amount of sand hills everywhere. The time I spent there was a truly amazing experience, and I hope that everyone has a chance to visit the Terracotta Soldier Army Park! Until next time!