Xian, China’s first emperor, and his Terracotta Warriors
The first place is near Xian, which was the capital of thirteen of China’s dynasties.
In 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well near Xian discovered the first of the terracotta warriors guarding China’s first emperor, Shi Huangdi, of the Qin Dynasty (221 – 207 BC).
The terracotta warriors are one of China’s most popular tourist attractions. About 10 million tourists visit annually. No two terracotta soldiers look alike.
The first emperor centralized the government, standardized the written language, currency, and weights and measures. With these changes, he created China’s national identity. Forcing hundreds of thousands of workers, he also had The Great Wall completed.
Most Chinese believe in the immortality of the spirit and life after death.
It is a tradition that most Chinese believe there is continuity between life and death, and people may take things with them for comfort in the spiritual world, which explains why the first emperor had such an elaborate tomb built.
Continued with Part 2 on February 28, 2018
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