After dropping her mobile phone into a pit of terracotta warriors, more than two millennia old, one butter-fingered tourist was certain that she would have to buy another phone.
“The tour guide told me that once it dropped in the pit, it became a national cultural relic,” the unidentified visitor to the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor in Xi’an wrote in a WeChat post that has gone viral on Chinese social media.
The post shows the modern communication device resting on a ledge just beside some of the terracotta sculptures made to protect Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife over 2,200 years ago.
However, it turns out that the guide’s prediction was a bit pessimistic (or he was just screwing with her). A museum official told reporters that the phone had been returned to the tourist the next day, explaining that staff had to wait until the end of the day to go down and retrieve it because of Golden Week crowds.
With millions of visitors each year, Terracotta Army staff regularly have to deal with items dropped by tourists and have a system in place, though they would like to remind visitors to be more careful with their belongings in the future.
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