Liverpool celebrates its 10th anniversary as the European Capital of Culture (a title currently held by Malta) with an exhibition of the famous Chinese Terracotta Warriors. This China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum includes figures from the famous life-sized burial army of Qin Shi Huang, The First Emperor of China.
Since opening on February 9, the exhibition has already welcomed over 34,000 visitors. Called the ‘Terracotta Effect’ the museum hopes to sustain this level of visitors until the closure of the exhibition on October 28. Indeed, it is set to become the museum’s most successful ever, with 200,000 tickets already sold.
This marks the first return on the Terracotta Warriors to the UK since being displayed at the British Museum in 2008. That exhibition also proved to be one of the most popular in the British Museum’s history, second only to the 1972 display of artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamen. The spectacular walk-through experience tells the story of China’s first thousand years.
Chinese Warriors In Liverpool
The new Liverpool exhibition has a collection of 9000 military sculptures, as well as over 180 other artifacts, most of which have never been seen in the UK before. The military statues were built to guard Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife. Unreathed in his burial complex in Xian in 1974, this collection constitutes one of the world’s most amazing archaeological discoveries.
This collaboration with Chinese authorities, to bring the collection of Warriors and many other significant historical discoveries to the UK, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Liverpool. It looks like it will not only attract tourists from all over the UK, but also from throughout Europe as well.