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Warriors head for Texas

THE world-famous terracotta warriors and horses, which were buried more than 2,200 years ago as the army guarding China's first emperor's afterlife, will come to Houston, Texas, in the United States, in May for a six-month exhibition, officials said.

Beginning May 22, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will present a selection of artifacts including 14 warriors as well as a cavalry horse, a chariot and drivers in a special exhibition entitled Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor, officials said.

The exhibition will feature 100 sets of objects, including 20 "Level I" artifacts, the highest possible ranking in terms of rarity and importance. It will also be the largest display of "Level I" artifacts in a foreign country for a single exhibition, officials said.

The exhibition is a major event of cultural exchange between China and the US and will help the people of Houston "gain a better understanding of Chinese history and culture and promote friendship and cooperation between our two great countries," said Qiao Hong, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Houston.

The warriors provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of China's first emperor and give visitors "an exceptional opportunity to experience the beauty and depth" of China's civilization, said Joel Bartsch, president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Coming from China's Xi'an City, the terracotta warriors are the mortuary objects of Emperor Qinshihuang, China's first emperor in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).


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