A group of farmers worked the earth outside of Xi’an. It was early spring, and they’d need the additional water source for coming summer. But they found something there, buried underground, which would come to be considered one of the greatest archeological discoveries in history. The year was 1974, and the farmers had unearthed one of the Terracotta Warriors of Qin Shi Huang — the first Emperor of the Qin dynasty.
The tomb was filled with models of palaces, pavilions and offices as well as fine vessels, precious stones and rarities…” – Siam Qian
Since that discovery, archeologists have uncovered thousands of terracotta warriors, chariots, and horses. The site attracts millions of visitors every year and is one of the most popular attractions in China. My love for history won out over my hatred of crowds, and I found myself outside of Xi’an heading to see the Terracotta Warriors.