Fake Terracotta Warriors smashed
Officials in Xi’an, home to the world-famous Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, smashed several fake Terracotta Warriors after the city launched a crackdown on misleading museums and tricky tour guides.
Officials from the Shaanxi provincial capital’s public security, tourism and commerce bureaus destroyed 40 copycat statues at the Suyuan Qin Terracotta Army, a privately owned attraction, after complaints of scams targeting tourists.
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum in Xi’an has thousands of life-size statues of soldiers, horses and carriages dating back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). The statues were unearthed in 1974 about a kilometer from the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang, resting place of the first emperor of a unified China.
In 2016, the museum had 120 million visitors.