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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.

These life sized terra cotta figures and 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.

During this time of the first Emperor of China the chariots used four horses. But only the inside two were actually needed to pull the chariot. The two outer horses were used as "sheilds" to protect the inner two. When arrows injured either of the two outer horses they were "cut loose" and the chariot was still able to wage war.

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 17 2007 19:18 GMT Grimacher PRO
Looks like a fascinating place. Nicely documented, PP :)
Jan 17 2007 19:30 GMT Minz PRO
This is a fabulous series which I am enjoying enormously !
I must say I was horrified to see that the horses were entombed as well.
Jan 17 2007 19:36 GMT abojovna PRO
Thank you! Much interesting legend and wonderful series!
Jan 17 2007 19:51 GMT franconrado
Jan 17 2007 20:04 GMT litz
Fascinating photos of the forbidden garden PP..
thank you for the info added...!
Jan 17 2007 20:38 GMT u40
ciekawa propozycja na ten szary dzień!
Jan 18 2007 01:19 GMT curves PRO
I would have liked to see it from ground level with a shot of you on your belly too......Is that too critical?
Jan 18 2007 01:56 GMT Prikthai
Fascinating photos indeed and interesting comments. Thanks.
Jan 18 2007 02:38 GMT PhotoPro PRO
waist level shooting - a good idea curves, thank you!
Jan 18 2007 03:38 GMT jomoud PRO
the detail in the figures is amazing
Jan 18 2007 14:45 GMT Poulet PRO
Really great and very interesting series, Bill !!
Jan 18 2007 20:49 GMT curves PRO
Pp....no no not waist level....heheheh...I'm talking about YOU getting down belly to ground, and leave on the sound so we can hear you grunting while you get back up.........
Jan 18 2007 23:25 GMT PhotoPro PRO
lol.... would be a lot of grunting for sure! :))