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Forbidden Gardens, in Katy, Texas, is a fascinating outdoor museum replicating some of China's major historic scenes. Guided tours take you back to the third century BC to view the first Emperor's amazing 8,000 piece terra-cotta army replicated in 1/3 scale. The tour continues to the intricately detailed miniatures of the famous Forbidden City in Beijing which served as palaces for nearly 500 years of Imperial rule in 1/20 scale.
http://www.forbidden-gardens.com/index.html

These life sized terra cotta figures are all different in some way(all 8000!). They were designed after his own personal guards. The figures are hollow and were setup where he was to be buried so that when the warriors died their spirits would inhabit the figures to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

I wish I could describe in words how impressive this is here, but I'll let the photo do the talking for me.

This project was funded by a Hong Kong business man for $40mm with a 20 year plan(this is year 10). His kids were going to school in the US and he felt they were loosing touch with their heritage.

(constructive critique is welcome)
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Jan 18 2007 15:52 GMT LizSA
No critique..........I like the image of these figures....!!!
Jan 18 2007 16:59 GMT Squirt
Fascinating!
Jan 18 2007 17:04 GMT Lensvision
Very nice shot!!!
Jan 18 2007 17:21 GMT bertel
The series is great, but I do not get the idea about replicating
Jan 18 2007 17:33 GMT soldier
Lucky man... You can see the great more then 5000 years old China's art, even if it's "only" replicating some of the original. Great serie... thanks for sharing it! Oh... and thanks for the history!!!!!
Jan 18 2007 18:56 GMT jamby PRO
very interesting series PP!!
Jan 18 2007 19:18 GMT Molly PRO
I saw some of these terra cotta figures when they toured the US in 1980 or so...part of the "Great Bronze Age of China" exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. Then we got 4 of the figures when we had the "Son of Heaven" exhibit here in Columbus in the late 80's. (After the SoH, China didn't want their stuff back - they kept extending the exhibit....)
Jan 19 2007 03:57 GMT wifey
Fantastic series… I want to see this for myself… what a neat place!

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