Archive for February, 2010

Warriors in Your Yard?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Someone out there in the DC area has a warrior in their yard. I’ll admit it right now, I’m jealous.


Fast Facts

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

This is a re-post of an earlier entry but with so many new visitors, we thought we’d bring them back for a while!

Here are a few fast facts to end your work week. We promise to make your next water-cooler chat– a bit more than the norm.

1. The warriors were first discovered in 1974 by local villagers in Xian, China.
2. Scholars estimate that there are over 7,000 life-size figures of soldiers, charioteers, archers and cavalrymen. Only about 1,000 have been excavated.
3. The unique faces of each warrior may have been copied from live humans believed to be in the army.
4. Each warrior was covered with lacquer and then painted with colors made from minerals.
5. Terra cotta horses were fired in one piece except for their tails and forelocks.

Treasures of Ancient China

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Did you happen to catch this article in National Geographic?
Rising to Life: Treasures of Ancient China
By Peter Hessler
Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta

They make an odd couple, the archaeologist and the statue. Duan Qingbo stands in the restoration workshop of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, looking up at a statue he helped excavate in 1999. The terra-cotta figure is more than 2,200 years old, its life-size, naked upper body is powerfully muscled, and it has no head. Duan is 36 years old, his build is slight, and he has a face like an open book—quick-moving eyes and an easy smile. He laughs a lot. He is never far from a Stone Forest cigarette. Dwarfed by the massive figure at his side, he grins and says, “He’s like Mike Tyson.”

The statue absorbs the cultural non sequitur without comment. Silence and mystery compose his aura—nobody knows exactly what this statue represents, what the object is that he presses against his potbelly. The few known facts about the figure are little more than clues: It is the earliest example ever found in China of life-size statuary that shows the human form, apart from the face, in realistic detail, and it is part of a startling collection of new discoveries recently unearthed near the tomb mound of Qin Shi Huang Di, the first emperor to unify China under one dynasty, the Qin. In a burial complex previously best known for its regimented terra-cotta army, the potbellied statue is remarkably out of step—a mostly unclothed, nonmilitary figure whose head has been destroyed.

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Restless Spirits

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

In case you didn’t see this January article post on, please take a moment to learn about human sacrifice. Welcome, to the crypt. 😉

In the village of Spring Valley, people rarely spoke of the dead, and they didn’t like to reminisce. “This place was always so poor,” villagers said if I asked about the old days, and then they fell silent. They had few old photographs and only a handful of written records. The Great Wall stood nearby, but even those impressive ruins didn’t inspire much interest. In 2001, I began renting a home in the village, partly because I was curious about the region’s history, but soon I realized that glimpses of the past were fleeting. Like most Chinese of the current generation, the villagers focused on today’s opportunities: the rising prices for local crops, the construction boom that was bringing new jobs to Beijing, less than two hours away.
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Building the Great Wall

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Discounted Daytime Tickets

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

This just in……A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at a special discount rate of $6 per adult ticket. This offer only applies to tickets for Mondays-Thursdays beginning at 2pm, through March 25. To purchase on-line, visit or To purchase in person or on the phone, visit us during exhibition hours at 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC or call 202-857-7700 during normal business hours. Mention the code DAYTIME WARRIOR to take advantage of this offer.

For more information on planning your visit to Terra Cotta Warriors, visit

Extended Hours!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

National Geographic Museum will extend hours until 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through March 28th. Tickets are now available and are expected to sell quickly. To purchase tickets, go to

Here’s the plan: buy extended hour tickets, find a date, see the warriors, go have dinner at one of our sponsoring restaurants (Mei N Yu or P.F. Changs), learn about the Year of the Tiger, congratulate yourself for having the best evening so far this year. Then, send us a picture of your night and we’ll post it on the blog!