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Experience a glorious army of treasures

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Xi'an in China is a vast, ceramic army on the grandest scale. In fact, it is an archeological find so significant, it has many travelers revising their bucket lists.

With AutoVenture’s full-day, private, guided tour of the Qin Terracotta Warrior/Horses Museum, you’ll get closer to the culture, with special access to the lower level for an even-closer look at the ceramic sculptures.

When a Chinese farmer began digging a well in 1974, little did he know that he’d uncover a treasure more valuable than gold. What he discovered was the eighth wonder of the world: the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Xi'an.

Emperor Qin Shi Huang was just 13 when he ascended to the throne in 246 B.C. Over the next 40 years, 720,000 workers built his tomb and created a life-sized army of 7,000 ceramic soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons. What’s even more amazing than the number of statues is the workmanship that went into every single one: Each soldier’s face, hair and clothing is unique.

Archeologists are continuing to excavate the site and are making new discoveries. The warriors are divided into different pits: Pit 1 has the most relics, as many as 6,000, and is the size of an airplane hanger. Excavation work continues in Pits 2 and 3, which have smaller groups of ceramic warriors in different battle formations.

With AutoVenture’s knowledgeable guides and chauffeured luxury sedans and minivans, you’ll discover that there’s no better way to discover China, and to broaden your horizons.

For those unfamiliar with China, an AutoVenture guided tour is the surest way of getting closest to the culture, and of capturing an unforgettable land.

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