The Terracotta Warriors and Horses represent the army of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. They were buried with the emperor with the intention of protecting him in the afterlife.

Amazingly they were discovered by accident when a couple of farmers started to dig a well and found one of the statues. It is estimated 8000 figures make up the Terracotta Army and it is amazing to see.

The thing that struck us was the sheer scale of the site, the biggest pit of warriors is under a massive aircraft hangar type building which helps accentuate the size of the place.

It was also interesting to see some of the warriors that are currently being put back together, one piece at a time, like some crazy jigsaw puzzle.

This is why people come to Xi’an.

Rather than jump on a tour we went by public bus, pretty simple once we found the right bus outside the train station.