Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale (The City Wall of Xi’an and Terracotta Warriors)

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The City Wall of Xi’an is 8.5 miles long, 12 meters (40 feet) tall, 12-14 meters (40-46 feet) wide at the top, with 18 gates.  The city has the longest history 1,200 years as a capital of 13 dynasties including the Qin Dynasty–the first emperor of Qin ordered to connect all the walls in different regions into the Great Wall.

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Terracotta Warriors were buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC. It was discovered in 1974 by local farmers. According to the current estimates, three pits (total of 27,000 sq feet) contain 8,000 Terracotta Army soldiers, only 1,000 have been unearthed.

WPC: Scale 

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71 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale (The City Wall of Xi’an and Terracotta Warriors)

  1. Thanks for this info, and the feeling for perspective really comes through well with what is called the ‘vanishing point’ which is the intersection of parallel lines in space on the picture plane into infinity. They taught me this term when I went to art school, many years ago. I think they use the term more for architecture though.

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  2. The image of the Terracotta Warriors always amazes me. To produce so many pieces of art just to bury them when you die seems like such a waste of resources and time. Makes me wonder if the people living under the Emperor’s rule believed in his vision of art or thought he was a few Terracotta pots short of a load? Was he liked by the people or did they celebrate the end of his rule?

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    • I think people, especially emperors and kings were afraid of death. They did everything they could to ensure they could take what they had with them… People probably had to do what they were told to.

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      • I just started Part Four of East of Eden where John Steinbeck takes a philosophical look at a man’s life. In the end, people either morn his death or celebrates his demise. Very thought provoking and the Terracotta Warriors made me wonder.

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        • I read the East of Eden years ago, and it took me a long time to finish. I heard that it was filmed many decades ago. I don’t think I want to watch it.

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  3. It is an amazing place! I visited there in 1989. Qin Shihuang (秦始皇) was an interesting emperor. He did many good things like unified the Chinese language, unified the measuring system, (I believe) money… (I am not good in translating) , but he also did many things that made people disliked him. Many people suffered (died) while building the Great Wall… etc. Great photo as usual, Amy. Thanks. Helen

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  5. Glorious choice for the challenge dearest Amy! Magnificent photos blended with history and of stunning proportions!
    Love the sideways view over the high rise buildings and its incredible vanishing point.As for the second one,stunned by the wondrous presentation of the famous Terracotta Warriors!Perfect vantage point,superb leading lines nicely receiving the viewer to History … Great work my lovely friend 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ xoxoxox

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  6. that first picture was fantastic for the old and the new – and it was so empty – had such a quiet and solo feel – and then your angle and so much more. and both are great take on scale – also – did you post the terra cotta soldiers before? I think i recall them here –

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