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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.

(constructive critique is welcome)
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Jan 19 2007 16:00 GMT soldier
This is great capture too ...
Jan 19 2007 16:21 GMT hans55 PRO
a great place for making fantastic foto's .... looks very much like the original i think !!
Jan 19 2007 17:09 GMT Lensvision
I like this.
Jan 19 2007 17:16 GMT suzannesmash
GREAT captured..and thanks for that interesting historical story.
Now, can we do Babylon too..
Jan 19 2007 18:34 GMT Satto
Great series....interesting...:-)
Jan 19 2007 18:34 GMT litz
Very interesting Forbidden Garden PP..!
Jan 19 2007 19:57 GMT Archer
Great to see and to learn!
Jan 19 2007 20:17 GMT Elise
Great shot........you must see the original in china....also great place to be:)
Jan 19 2007 22:15 GMT deanbed
These are good, how tall are these ones in feet!
Jan 19 2007 23:07 GMT aquiles PRO
GREAT SERIES, AMIGO PhotoPro !!!!!!!!
Jan 19 2007 23:58 GMT Prikthai
So many people ike today! :-)
Jan 20 2007 01:52 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Dean these are about 2' tall
Jan 21 2007 03:41 GMT WackyFaye
Thanks for sharing these photos! What an interesting place! I would like to visit there someday.
Jan 21 2007 04:35 GMT potterjo
The St Louis public library will prob have back issues of Ceramics Monthly, I remember reading about them but don't have issues this old think there may have been another one but this is all their search turned up.

Author(s): Paul B. Arnold
Issue: November 1980, Page 60
Jan 22 2007 10:10 GMT gmastro
nice series and description of it!