Life in Necropolis: Four Letters

Candy Shue

Dear Honorable Wikipedia Visitor,


The Terra Cotta Army

(simplified Chinese: 兵马俑; 

traditional Chinese: 兵馬俑; 

pinyin: bīngmǎ yǒng;

 literally "soldier and horse

funerary statues".

Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China.

Dating from 150 AD

discovered in 1974

by some local farmers

near Xi'an, Shaanxi province

near the Mausouleum

of the second Ming Emperor.

(Chinese: 秦始皇陵; 

pinyin: Qín Shǐhuáng Líng).


The figures vary (183–195 cm

or 6ft–6ft 5in), according

to their role, the tallest

being the generals.

Figures include strong

warriors, chariots, horses,

officials, acrobats,

strongmen, and musicians.


Current estimates

are over 2,000

soldiers, 100 chariots with

400 horses and 300

cavalry horses, the majority

of which are still buried in the pits.

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