China's Terra Cotta Warriors are on display in Orange County, CA. That's right, it's an amazing exhibit at the spectacular Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA. The Bowers Museum in is only one of two or three museums in the U.S. to exhibit these amazing finds. It's hard to believe but these artifacts were buried for almost 2,000 years! They were found by accident as recently as the 1974 by Chinese farmers who discovered heads while digging a well. For me personally it was/is a once-in-a-lifetime experience seeing something like this. A truly spectacular experience.
Commissioned by the first Chinese Emperor, over 7,000 life-size warriors were created to guard the emperor into eternity. In addition to the warriers, animals including full size horses, birds and others were also created.
The photo on the left if only a replica stationed outside the exhibit. Photograph was not permitted inside, so click on this line to get a better view for yourself.
If you're near Orange County, you only have a few more weeks to experience this event. Click here for ticket info. I've traveled to China twice in the past few years (the Great Wall was on my lifetime-list) yet this was a first for me. I'd heard about them yet didn't see them while there. I hope to see others on a return visit to Asia some day. Or if you're lucky enough to be in Houston, TX that's the next stop, then on to Washington, DC in late 2009. After that it's back to China for these extraordinary artifacts.
- The beautiful Bowers Museum is located in downtown Santa Ana, in Central Orange County.