Sunday, April 12, 2009
Jouray # 3
When I saw the Journal question, I was thinking about myself. I am normal person have normal life in the world. I cannot become a famous person like Qin Shihuang, who unified China 2200 years ago, was first emperor of China in the history. Maybe you had already watched the movie, which was named: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, was very famous. So, you will know the emperor. When he was 13 years old, he was asked people began to work for 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. Every figure differs from these around in facial features and expression, clothing , hairstyle, and gestures. However, the horsemen, the longbow bearers, the archers and the senior officers and generals were positioned in strict accordance with the ancient directives on the war. Many of the figures originally held real weapons of the time, such as bronze swords, longbows, arrows, spears, dagger axes and other long shafted weapons. The Terracotta Army has lain underground for more than 2000 years. But they are still sharp, because surface treatment of the weapons made them resistant to rust and corrosion. The farmers digging a well uncovered one of the greatest archaeological sites in 1974 in the world. Timber vaults revealed thousands of life - size terracotta warriors in battle formation. A whole army which would accompany its emperor into immortality. The state council authorized to build a museum on the site in 1975. I think the discovery was a real eye-opener to the whole world, as the vaults are so big. The figures are so vivid and the number of the figures is so incredibly large.When there are completed, people visit there from all over the world. Xian and the museum become landmarks are welcoming for all travelers. Standing in the vaults, you would be amazed by such a grand ancient army formation, which would transport you back to the ancient warring states period. Unesco selected the Tomb of the First Emperor as a World Cultural Heritage Site. It is an regarded as one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century.