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Compass Magazine, April 2001

Chin Dynasty Terracotta Soldiers Pay a Visit
to the National Museum of Natural Science

by Cheryl Robbins


Photo by Ho Chuan-kun (¦ó¶Ç©[)

From now until May 10 2001, the National Museum of Natural Science is featuring an outstanding collection of treasures from the time of the first emperor of China, Chin Shih Huang.  Among his many achievements, Chin Shih Huang (259-210 BC) united China under a centralized government, standardized currency, and set up a code of law.  He also ordered the building of the Great Wall to deter raiding nomads.

In 1974, near the tomb of Chin Shih Huang, in China¡¦s Shaanxi Province, three peasants stumbled upon one of the world¡¦s greatest archaeological finds while digging a well near their village.  What they discovered was a vast army of life-size terracotta soldiers, horses and chariots contained in three large pits.  Each of the thousands of warriors differed in clothing (based on rank), pose (depending on what type of weapon was held) and facial features (showing differences in age, expression and even ethnicity).

On display at the National Museum of Natural Science are treasures from Pit Number One, the largest of the three measuring 14,260 square meters in area.  To date, more than 1,000 of an estimated 6,000 terracotta warriors have been excavated from this pit, along with 40 wooden chariots, numerous terracotta horses and tens of thousands of bronze weapons. 

This exhibit, located in the basement of the museum¡¦s Chinese Science Hall, is a scaled-down replica of Pit Number One and features 120 priceless objects including terracotta soldiers, bronze daggers and construction materials from this pit. Also on display are bronze and jade pieces from other periods in China¡¦s early history. Along with the exhibit, a movie about the first emperor will be showing six times per day in the Space (IMAX) Theater.

General admission to this exhibit is NT$150.  General admission to the Space (IMAX) Theater is NT$100.

(The National Museum of Natural Science is located at 1, Kuan Chien Road, Taichung.    For the duration of this special exhibit the museum will be open seven days a week with extended hours.  Call: 04-2322-6940 for more information.)

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