That’s a lotta terracotta!
Blog Guy, I’m about to leave on my dream trip to China, to see the famous terracotta warriors. Any advice?
Stop! Don’t go in September, that’s vacation month for all those guys. The statue places will all be closed!
Excuse me, Blog Guy? Vacation month? They’re fricking clay STATUES!
Please, you can’t be that naive. All those statues you see around China are just guys with makeup. On the right you can see an artist painting one of the “statues.”
Now hold on. You’re saying that whole terracotta army is just a bunch of guys who get painted and then stand still all day?
It’s not like it’s the same boring thing all the time. They also paint some of the statues to look like real people, like these ones done up to look like the Clintons.
If you slip them a few bucks they’ll paint one to look just like you – it’s a great travel souvenir.
Above and top left: Artist Liu Bolin, also known as the ‘Vanishing Artist’, is painted by an assistant as he makes himself look exactly the same as the wall of an old temple in a Hutong in central Beijing, August 26, 2009. REUTERS/David Gray
Lower left: U.S. President Bill Clinton poses with his daughter Chelsea and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton as they tour the terracotta warriors in China in a 1998 file photo. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn