Epcot's 'Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China' exhibit

Welcome to the China Pavilion at Epcot!

China pavilionChina pavilion

Come inside, where we'll take a look at the House of the Whispering Willows gallery exhibit, "Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China." Upon entering the China pavilion, turn off at the first left and continue till you see the gallery on the right.

Tomb warriors exhibit signTomb warriors exhibit sign

The terracotta soldiers in this exhibit are replicas of the soldiers found in the famous tomb excavation in Xi'an, China, the single largest excavation in the world. The original figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers.

Whatchu lookin atWhatchu lookin at

And they were indeed an army! Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses.

Warriors in rowsWarriors in rows

Legend has it that members of the royal dynasty carried miniature terracotta or stone carved warriors with them in their tombs to protect them from supernatural threats.

Smiling on the outsideSmiling on the outside

The model soldiers all all unique, with distinct characteristics and realistic features.

Each one is differentEach one is different

A peek at the facesA peek at the faces

Excavation site is heavily documentedThe excavation site is heavily documented

Each item receives an identification numberEach item receives an identification number

Detailed from the backDetailed from the back

Thanks for visiting "Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China!"

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