The Terracotta Army located outside of Xi’an, is one of many places to have taken the unofficial title of the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Since being uncovered by a farmer in 1976, the ancient life-sized warriors, built to guard China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife, have become a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Xi’an and a large tourism industry has been built up to take advantage of these tourists.
Along with a trip to see the Terracotta Army, many tour operators fill up their group tour packages with trips to more minor sites of historical importance. One of these is the nearby “Eighth Wonder Museum,” which features replicas of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, plus the eighth — the Terracotta Army.
The museum has apparently been open to visitors since 1995 and claims a national 3A tourist attraction rating. However, recently photos taken by dissatisfied tourists have gone viral on Chinese social media showing the “Terracotta Warriors” on display inside the museum.
While the museum claims that they are modeled directly off of the original terracotta figures, the waxy replicas with double eyelids and red lipstick appear to be more suited for a cheap wax museum.
Surprisingly enough, the museum does hold a four-star rating on Trip Advisor. Here’s a sampling of the reviews. In case you’re interested in going:
“I don’t understand the point of it, it’s like what they have in the Shijiezhichuang in Shenzhen but less to see. You want to see the Terra Cotta Warriors you go to see the real one…I guess it’s for people who can’t go to all the wonders in the world, but they could do a better job displaying them…”
“We visited this as part of the Warriors. There is plenty to see and with a guide there is an amazing amount of information I would definitely take a look”
“Enthralling! The amazing exhibits are well described in English and Chinese. The building is new, spacious and clean. It is definitely worth allowing extra time for after your visit to the buried army.”
Meanwhile, when a journalist reported tourists’ complaints about the museum to the local tourism office, a worker told him that he had never been there.
[Images via Tencent]