Fake Ter­ra­cotta War­riors smashed

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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