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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 11:08 GMT fredaH
gorgeous perspective awesome replication of historic scenes
Jan 18 2007 11:09 GMT SamWiseWoahZay
Very interesting. Its great that someone is preserving their heritage in this way.
Jan 18 2007 11:30 GMT hallo
Amazing depth
Jan 18 2007 11:36 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you freda dear!
Jan 18 2007 11:37 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you hallo!
Jan 18 2007 11:37 GMT DGM
Having that in the expensive land of Katy is really something!!!
Jan 18 2007 11:45 GMT PhotoPro PRO
and to think that this used to be all rice fields!
Jan 18 2007 11:47 GMT bennystr
Awesome!!!
Jan 18 2007 12:12 GMT LittleOurkie PRO
This is one heck of a series on the Forbidden Gardens....great images! I am up in the Austin area and I had never heard of this place.
Jan 18 2007 13:14 GMT ashdad PRO
Wow! That is a big stone army!
Jan 18 2007 13:16 GMT Minz PRO
This is very neat and tidy !
Jan 18 2007 13:18 GMT hans55 PRO
just one word !! .... fantastic !!!! .... and very good captured !!!
Jan 18 2007 13:50 GMT Riet
Great perspective! Wonderful series, Bill!
Jan 18 2007 14:48 GMT Poulet PRO
Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 18 2007 15:57 GMT Adamus
Such a perfect photo.
Jan 18 2007 21:27 GMT genese
wow the perspective is superb i love the endless rows! a fav! this is the dogs bits
Jan 18 2007 23:26 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you dear genese!
Jan 19 2007 03:58 GMT wifey
WOW WOW WOW!
Jan 19 2007 04:46 GMT Midworlder PRO
Great series Bill . thanks for sharing
Jan 19 2007 19:59 GMT Archer
Fantastic perspective! Love the series!
Jan 19 2007 21:17 GMT Molivac
Great and impressive image !!!!

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