September 20, 2017

State Counsellor visits Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors in Xian

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visits the Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Saturday.
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visits the Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Saturday.

STATE Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited the Museum of the Qin Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Shaanxi Province, yesterday.
The state counselor arrived in Xian Saturday morning in her second stop during her five-day visit to China.
In her  message in the visitors book of the museum, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said “especially loved the beautiful horses,” praising the Terracotta Warriors as beautiful and inspiring.
The Terracotta Army (Terracotta Warriors and Horses) is noted as one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum in Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi Province.
Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who ascended the throne at the age of 13 in 246 BC, spent 11 years and astronomical funds and resources realising the mausoleum project in anticipation of his own passing.  It is speculated that there may be huge swathes of buried treasures and sacrificial objects inside the inner sanctum of the tomb with the buried monarch.
A group of peasants uncovered pottery fragments while digging a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. When the fragments came to the attention of local cultural authorities a full scale archeological investigation was launched, uncovering the complete terracotta army.
Altogether, over 8,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from archeological
pits. Most of the warriors have been restored to their former grandeur and displayed at the
site museum, which is included on the UNESCO world heritage list.
She also visited the Famen Temple, renowned for storing what is claimed to be the finger bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha.
It was named Famen during the first year of the reign of the Wude Tang dynasty in 618.
The temple was renovated in 1988 and opened on 9 November in the same year.
During the tour of Shannxi Province, the State Counsellor also visited the Yang Ling Xin Cun agricultural village.

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