There is a flanking tower every 120 meters. The flanking towers were built to allow soldiers to see enemies trying to climb the wall. The distance between the flanking towers is within the range of arrows fired from either side. This allowed soldiers to protect the entire wall without exposing themselves to the enemy. There are 98 flanking towers; each has a sentry building on top of it.
where they make souvenirs including life size terracotta warrior figures in the traditional way the originals were made, which you can purchase and have shipped to your home.
Finally it was time to go to see the Terracotta Army itself, the highlight of the holiday for me. I cannot even begin to describe what it was like except to say WOW, so I will let the photographs speak for themselves.
There are even horses!
It is said that all the warriors have a different face and their ranks are shown by the different hairstyles.. This next photograph shows that it could quite possibly be true, you will see the differences if you click on the photo for a closer look.
There is a space at the back of the dig where figures are renovated to be put back where they were found.
The tomb appears to be a hermetically-sealed space the size of a football pitch.The tomb remains unopened, possibly due to concerns about preservation of its artifacts. After the excavation of the Terracotta Army, the painted surface present on some terracotta figures began to flake and fade.The lacquer covering the paint can curl in fifteen seconds once exposed to Xi'an's dry air and can flake off in just four minutes.
We were told by our guide that archeologists and scientists are working hard to find a way to open the tomb without destroying what is in it. We have always said we never go back anywhere because there is so much to see in the world. However, if that tomb is opened and available to see in our lifetime we intend to try our hardest to go to see it.
We have lots more photos, this is just a small selection, and the most wonderful memories of actually seeing something most people can only dream of. Suffice to say it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing the famous Terracotta Army and I do hope you will get to see it for yourself some day.
Please join me for Part 10 when we continue our journey to Beijjing.