‘After a three month wait, Les and I finally made it to the ‘China’s First Emperor and The Terracotta Warriors’ exhibition in Liverpool last weekend…’
I’d booked the tickets online for Let’s birthday and we’d both been really looking forward to seeing these incredible pieces of Chinese history.
The Terracotta Warriors are currently on show in the World Museum on William Brown Street in the city centre. The exhibition kicked off in February 2018 and will run until the end of October.
Adult tickets are £14 each and demand has been so high that a large swathe of dates have been fully sold out.
The Terracotta Warriors, or Terracotta Army, were first discovered in 1974. As local farmers were digging a water well near the tomb of the First Emperor in province of Xi’an, they inadvertently located one of the most magical underground tombs in the world.
Although there had long been reports of terracotta fragments in the area around the tomb, nothing more was made of it. It wasn’t until the farmer’s discovery that experts were dispatched to the site and uncovered a underground world of caves and ditches filled with long buried treasures.
Although the Xi’an site is nowhere near fully excavated and there’s no telling how much more there is to discover, the existing army and associated artefacts caused a major stir around the world.
Some of the life size figures have previously been on display in London, Philadelphia, Barcelona and Chile, but it’s now Liverpool’s turn to play host.
This is the first time the Terracotta Warriors have been on British soil for more than a decade, and the first time they’ve been out of the capital.
What you get for your money
As soon as you enter the ticketed area, you’re shown a short video on the history of the terracotta warriors. Once this is done, you can make your way to the start of the exhibition.
The first thing you’ll see is a full size warrior and his terracotta horse and this gives you just a flavour of what’s to come.
There are numerous artefacts, around the show, and there’s a detailed timeline of Chinese history to guide you through the various dynasties that have ruled over the now Republic.
It gives you a great insight into Chinese culture and complex beliefs that cement their traditions and life. The pottery, jade shoe soles, golden horses, jewellery and other treasures show off a rich history of China through the ages.
The main event
When you start to see queues backing up at the mid way point of the exhibition, you’ll soon realise that this is caused by the line of terracotta warriors that everyone wants to stop and stand in the presence of.
There are 6 warriors in a line; each from a different army and each depicting a different role. These include a soldier, an archer a charioteer, armed infantryman and a General.
Each one is mind-blowing in its own right and, although they have no colour after being buried for 2,000 years, the detail and quality is nothing short of remarkable.
Les and me, like many other visitors, kept looking at each other with open jaws as we walked through the darkened, temperature controlled rooms. It’s no exaggeration to say that a lot of visitors were pretty awestruck.
It’s one thing to have heard about the terracotta warriors, but it’s another thing entirely to stand in front of them and take in something quite as unique and magical.
Have you visited the terracotta warriors exhibition in Liverpool yet?