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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 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.

Look closely at the outer row of warriors, they face out away from the body of the army. The outer rows of the army all faced outward to watch for side or rear flanking attacks. Imagine marching sideways or backwards in the heat of battle!

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 20 2007 01:48 GMT abojovna PRO
Jan 20 2007 02:10 GMT Poulet PRO
Great perspective !!
It's a great and amazing place, Bill !
Jan 20 2007 02:23 GMT hans55 PRO
good foto !!!
Jan 20 2007 02:37 GMT junsjazz
Jan 20 2007 02:51 GMT DGM
They are the flank guards!
Jan 20 2007 03:11 GMT Pushp
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Jan 20 2007 03:49 GMT ashdad PRO
Interesting information!
Jan 20 2007 03:59 GMT maiylah
wow ... really impressive!
Jan 20 2007 04:24 GMT junne PRO
so what is our texan friend going to do about the 1000 beautiful virgins that were buried alive along with the terra-cotta army to entertain the dead emperor? kind of hard to copy!
Jan 20 2007 06:11 GMT gr8ronkinroll PRO
You've taken some great shots here!
Jan 20 2007 07:22 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thanks gr8!
Jan 20 2007 07:31 GMT Grain
Love the series and the detailed info is a huge bonus. Fascinating. Nice shots
Jan 20 2007 07:59 GMT marijke06
I like this photo the best of the whole series I think...:) !!
Jan 20 2007 09:33 GMT Elise
Great shot......somehow my ancestors was from this story :)
Jan 20 2007 15:40 GMT bennystr
Awesome on-going series!
Jan 20 2007 15:44 GMT Minz PRO
Just fantastic to see -
Elise, to be able to go back to this period to your ancestors is mind blowing.
Jan 20 2007 15:53 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Very impressive angle on this picture!
Jan 20 2007 16:01 GMT litz
Awesome perspective shot...
fascinating series indeed!!!
Jan 20 2007 16:48 GMT ander
And this photo is Great
Jan 21 2007 06:49 GMT Squirrel PRO
Very good photo !
Jan 21 2007 11:57 GMT fredaH
superb perspective shot.
Jan 21 2007 18:58 GMT Elly
Real good impression of the lot of soldiers.
Jan 21 2007 20:07 GMT juanse
wow...these are great....you have done a great job portraying this amazing work...thank you for sharing....
Jan 21 2007 20:15 GMT korni
Great perspective !!
Jan 21 2007 20:23 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you juanse!
Jan 22 2007 02:15 GMT GRAMPIE PRO
WOW x 100. really fine work on this series.
Jan 22 2007 13:51 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thanks Grampie!