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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.

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 03:05 GMT maiylah
interesting series!!
Jan 18 2007 03:12 GMT ashdad PRO
Quite and army there!
Jan 18 2007 03:40 GMT jomoud PRO
quite a project.
well captured Bill.
Can you tell me how these replica's were made?
Were they carved in stone, or poured with a mould??
Jan 18 2007 03:44 GMT deanbed
Great stuff, would love to see these!
Jan 18 2007 03:54 GMT PhotoPro PRO
John they're terra-cotta so I would imagine cast in a mold. Imagine the cost!
Jan 18 2007 04:22 GMT Glo
it's great!!
Jan 18 2007 06:50 GMT hallo
Excellent series...thanks for sharing
Jan 18 2007 07:37 GMT DGM
Its amazing!!!
Jan 18 2007 08:20 GMT bluefam
wonderful series.
Jan 18 2007 13:53 GMT Riet
It' s so impressive...that Chinese business man must have had heaps of money!!!
Jan 18 2007 22:40 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
The background is removed, therefore this is much less distracting (see my previous comment). You can really marvel at the statues in this one. Great picture!