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Xian: Who’d be a Farmer? (and how to spot a fake) China, March 2013


The gentleman stuck behind the table won’t make eye contact with me. I’m sure he’s heard the introduction given by our guide hundreds if not thousands of times – “the man who discovered the Terracotta Army”. It’s not easy to tell what he’s thinking, but he doesn’t have the look of a man with great job satisfaction.  I wonder if he ever regrets the life-changing discovery of that first statue.


With an estimated 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, each having its own intricate and unique details, the extent and the detail of the terracotta army of Emperor Qin is incredible, but I find this man’s story just as fascinating.  When the significance of the findings from March 1974 became known, I’m sure that he and the six other farmers credited with making the discovery thought they had found an escape from some of the…

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