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The shock of the unexpected is here in front of an upscale Chinese resturant in a shopping mall in Maple Grove, Minnesota. It's a life-size copy of one the famous terra cotta horses found in the tomb of a most remarkable ruler of China, Qin Shi Huang. He was king of the Chinese State of Qin from 247 BC to 221 BC, and then conquered the rest of China becoming the first emperor of a unified China from 221 BC to 210 BC. He apparently wanted to recreate the glories of his life in his afterlife, hence the statues of warriors, horses and chariots in his tomb. I think Qin Shi Huang would be astonished by the surroundings his horse is in. I know I was.

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