We bring you a new installment of trip to the imperial capitals of China. In the previous story we explain our Arrival to Xi'an from Pingyao, and this time we continue our journey through China visiting the Xi'an star attraction: the amazing terracotta warriors.
Although the terracotta warriors have given Xi'an a worldwide fame, they are not in the city proper, but an hour by bus. So after breakfast we head to the Xi'an train station and there we take the small green bus that has the English sign "Xi'an - Terracotta warriors" (8 yuan). We barely queued and the bus started quickly.
An hour later, the bus stopped in the middle of a busy road that we had to cross to reach the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Although before reaching the entrance itself we had to go through a street full of shops of all kinds. From the road to the entrance you can go in a kind of electric carriage for 5 yuan, but the line was so long that it was not worth it.
Once paid the entrance (150 yuan) you have to decide well the order of the visit. We start with him exhibition hall and the cinema to start soaking up the history of one of the most impressive archeological sites in the world.
Emperor Qin Shi Huang is known for his tyranny and for being the unifier of China. He was the first emperor and the forerunner of the construction of the first chinese wall. It was the time of the feudal wars and thanks to his military strategy he managed to annex the rest of the kingdoms until the so-called unification of China back in 221 B.C. He died in 210 a. C while taking a trip through the south of the country, they say looking for eternal life in the legendary islands of the Immortals.
Perhaps for fear that the defeated enemies wanted to take revenge on him in the afterlife or perhaps because he thought he would continue to command in the underworld, or simply as another work of his megalomania, he ordered the construction of a huge mausoleum that would record his power in life. .