PICS: Ancient Chinese terracotta soldiers planted across Cape Town

2016-12-14 16:33 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - In the run up to the iconic Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China: The Exhibition making its official debut in Cape Town this festive season, many terrcotta figures have been placed at various tourism hotspots throughout the Mother City. 

The reason? To stir curiosity in culture- and history-loving travellers and get them to head to the official exhibition to discover the mysterious secrets of China from times long past. 
The exhibition opened at the V&A Waterfront on 10 December 2016 and will be running through 10 February 2017 from 10:00 - 19:00 for seven days a week.  

According to the organisers Expo RSA, it is the most complete exhibition of the Terracotta Army, the necropolis and life of the First Emperor ever created. 

It exhibition brings together life-size reproductions of statues, chariots, weapons and objects from the daily life of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, such as they were discovered in the more than 100 pits of the necropolis.

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“The works have all been reproduced by Chinese craftsmen from the excavation region, with particular consideration for detail in order to maintain the beauty and originality of the originals,” says Nick Dreyer, Director of Manic Global, a company whose previous exhibitions include  The Art of the Brick and Titanic. 

“The realism of these reproductions is reinforced by the environments and a spectacular audio-visual and lighting installation.”
The exhibition showcases over 300 objects, with more than 180 warriors. 

The displays are all built, hand painted, and made of the original Terracotta Clay which will run over 1200 square meters and over seven scenes - the exact area of the original army. 

A large sectional recreation of Pit No 1 (the largest pit of the ancient mausoleum) is a highlight, showing clearly the enormity of what is the newest and most important archaeological find of the 20th Century. 

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Want to go? Here's how: 

Prices range from R135 for adults, R80 for children, R90 for pensioners and students, and R330 for a family of four (two adults and two children). Children under the age of five enter free. 

Special school packages are also available.

Tickets are available online or at the on-site box office. 

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