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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.

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.

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Jan 20 2007 16:04 GMT litz
Very impressive terracotta of the 3rd century BC PP..
thank you very much for sharing this informative series.!!
Jan 20 2007 16:47 GMT ander
Interesting to see that in Texas .
and the photo is great
Jan 20 2007 17:32 GMT franconrado
Jan 20 2007 17:36 GMT JJAP
At first glance I thought that these photos were from China. It's amazing to see that they are replicas in Texas. By the way I heard long time ago tha a Texan bought the London Bridge and that he was going to move it to hes ranch!!!!!!!
Well I guess that in Texas anything is possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 20 2007 18:55 GMT Lensvision
Very impressive series.
Jan 21 2007 05:00 GMT Poulet PRO
No need to go to China !! ;0)) lol
Jan 21 2007 17:11 GMT Adamus
Interesting and very beautiful series
Jan 22 2007 02:41 GMT jceca PRO
love this one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 22 2007 17:07 GMT Poulet PRO