The Majesty of All Under Heaven
The Terracotta Army is one of China’s biggest tourist attractions. But if you haven’t yet trekked out to Xian to check out this amazing collection of historic sculptures, you’re in luck. Touted as the largest-ever exhibition of Qin relics in Hong Kong, the Museum of History, over the next few months, showcases 20 terracotta warriors along with 100 sets of cultural artefacts as part of the SAR’s anniversary celebrations.
The exhibition revolves entirely around the Qin Dynasty and China’s ‘First Emperor’ Qin Shi Huang, with the Terracotta Army as its central theme. More than 8,000 intricate sculptures of warriors, chariots and horses were buried from 210BC to 209BC, together with the emperor so he could rule in the afterlife. In fact, Qin Shi Huang feared dying alone hence the incredible effort put in to his statuesque buddies.
To display more than 10 terracotta sculptures outside of the Mainland is more than a little noteworthy as the country rarely lends out more than 10 at a time. And it’s also worth noting that when the national graded treasures reached the British Museum in 2007, it was the museum’s highest-attended year to date.
The exhibition also features a multimedia zone with some awesome visuals and graphics that recreate the scene of Emperor Qin’s tomb as well as its construction and changes over the past 2,000 years. There are also plenty of guided tours, lectures, workshops and activities which should keep history buffs and young’uns alike impressed.
Catch this exhibition at the Museum of History from July 25 to November 26. For more information: firstemperor.lcsd.gov.hk