Friday, May 21, 2010
China - Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (1)
Part of the Battle Formation Qin Shihuang's Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
Sent by LayHoon from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
The mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang is the largest preserved one in China. It is a unique architectural ensemble whose layout echoes the urban plan of the capital, Xianyang, with the Imperial Palace enclosed by the walls of the city, themselves encircled by other walls. The mausoleum is also associated with an event of universal significance: the first unification of the Chinese territory in a centralized state created by an absolute monarch, in 221 BC.