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This is pit #1, outside Xian. There are 3 pits in total. Warriors, calvary & archers. I've warmed this image a little, to correct for the greenish tint from the fluorescent lighting. Handheld, as tripods are expressly forbidden, even though flash isn't banned. From Wikitravel:

"Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, with a 6,000-year history, was known as Chang'an in ancient times.

For over 1,000 years the city has been capital for 13 dynasties, and a total of 73 emperors ruled here. With so much history within the ground the city lies upon, it's no wonder that there are so many historical ruins and, in the museums, cultural relics. Even before the lives of Christ, Mohammad, and Siddhartha, Xi'an was a world class city and already influencing the world outside of The Great Wall of China. As the eastern terminus of the Silk Road(丝绸之路), traders from far and wide brought goods and ideas for sale and took goods and ideas back with them to their communities. In the present times, not much of its former glory remains within the city due to warfare and constant political changes throughout the ages."

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