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Shaanxi unveils ancient terracotta actors

THREE new exhibits will open to the public next year at the mausoleum of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, home of the famous terracotta army.

The park will open three pits displaying unearthed terracotta figures of actors and performers, civilian officials and ancient armor dating back more than 2,000 years ago in the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-210 BC), Oriental Morning Post reported today.

The half naked terracotta figures are shown in different poses to reflect the variety of court entertainments for the emperor and his retinue.

The park will include sections at the 2,200-year site that have never been open to public at the southeast of the mausoleum's outer ring.

Yet the core of the mausoleum, the emperor's tomb, will not be excavated any time soon, according to the report.

"I don't think anyone alive now will see the excavation of his tomb," said Cao Wei, vice curator of the Terracotta Army Museum.


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