Confession: I was more excited about going to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors than I was to visit the Great Wall of China. And, in hindsight, I was not wrong. These guys are so cool! If you are ever in China, they are well worth the (high-speed or sleeper) train ride from Beijing.
Outside of Xi’an, China, archaeologists have uncovered thousands of terracotta soldiers, horses, chariots, and other battle equipment. The figures were constructed around 200 BC to guard the tomb of the first Chinese emperor and to insure that he retained his military might in the afterlife.