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Terracotta Warriors

By forestrich
Another from my travel archives.
The Terracotta Army was buried with the first Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huangdi) in 210-209 BC near Xian, China.
They were discovered in March 1974 by local farmers drilling a water well. It is believed to have taken 700,000 workers and craftsmen 38 years to complete.
There are some 8100 lifesize figues of warriors and horses. They vary in height and uniform and hairstyle in accordance with rank.

To preserve the figues, no flash photography is allowed and no tripods either.

Tags: Photo journalism General China Xian Landscape and travel Terracotta warriors

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TelStar Plus
11 116 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 4:35PM
Incredible. Looks like they're glowing! Maybe they are on the move . . .


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AlanBW Plus
11 20 England
25 Apr 2007 4:41PM
Excellent shot, love the lighting here
25 Apr 2007 5:02PM
Well seen and taken.

cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
25 Apr 2007 5:02PM
well caught...and thanks for bringing back the memories...They're coming to London soon!!
mickp Plus
10 9 7 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 5:06PM
Just reurned from Xian. You have managed to catch more detail to the warriors than I did. Good shot under what I know to be difficult conditions.
25 Apr 2007 6:08PM
Another great shot.
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
25 Apr 2007 6:37PM
A marvellous sight.
25 Apr 2007 11:43PM
Nicely composed & exposed, I bet you were being hassled to buy pictures, not take them. I've just booked a trip to China for summer 2008 to take in the solar eclipse, hope to see these guys on the way to the Gobi Desert.
26 Apr 2007 12:57AM
Love this Rich-- I need to go here
26 Apr 2007 10:33AM
Excellent capture,
iajacks Plus
11 24 England
26 Apr 2007 12:19PM
nice. good job my mum is not there cos she would be polishing and cleaning them LOL Smile

well done ian
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.0k 1554 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2007 3:46PM
Really quite a disturbing image (though not as disturbing as Devout...) The blue tones in the rock add to the other-worldly feel, they really look as though they are marching towards you.
Under the circumstances you look to of captured a great imge.You must of used a high ISO and a wide apperture to allow you to get a sharp image, not allways the best combination to get decent images but you have succeeded here.
Thanks Mick.
ginz04 Plus
12 281 20 United Kingdom
5 May 2007 12:27AM
hi have recently been to see these myself did you know that most of the workers including his family were buried alive to try and keep the secrets.

I have included a lot of my china pics in my portfolio.



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