Hong Kong Special Exhibit: Terracotta Warriors

In celebrating the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, the Hong Kong Museum of History is hosting a special exhibit entitled, “The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China’s First Emperor”.

The exhibit features relics from the Qin Dynasty, including 20 terracotta warriors–which is more than any country has had on loan before.

The steps leading up to the museum

Before entering the museum, you are stopped at a booth to get your photo taken–but don’t worry! It’s all in good fun for later.

Once inside, it was a lot less crowded than I assumed it would be. Each ticket is good for only a 1.5 hr viewing session, which kept the group sizes fairly small.

Entrance to the multimedia area

You start out the tour in the “Multi-Media Experience Zone”, which had a bunch of fancy displays explaining the Qin history. A lot of the stations incorporate games similar to using a Wii or Kinect, making it an interactive experience.

All in all I thought the use of multimedia was very well done and a fun way to learn about the dynasty and emperor. It is certainly one of the fancier museum exhibits I’ve seen in a while.

After finishing in the multimedia area, you are then directed to a room made out of movie screens. Here you stop and enjoy a short movie showing a time-lapse style history lesson.

“Journey Into the Mausoleum of the First Emperor”

It was interesting to be fully surrounded by the movie, another aspect well implemented.

You can enjoy some of the movie below.

The movie ushers you into the “Terracotta Warrior Workshop” where you can have more interactive multimedia fun. There are model terracotta warriors on display with projection devices above them.

Using a color wheel and various preset patterns, you can design your own colorful terracotta warrior.

Next, your previously taken photo comes into play. At the machine you type in the code that was given to you at the photo booth, and the projector will then place your face on terracotta warrior.

Johnny as a terracotta warrior

After you’ve had your share of multimedia-fun, the real part of the exhibit starts.

Before you see the actual terracotta warriors, you see a lot of other Chinese relics that were buried in the emperor’s tomb.

Majority of these relics include pieces of jade, weaponry, and gauntlets. There were also a few rock carvings featuring ancient Chinese scripts, as well as this skull dating c.210 BC.

Based off the shape of this skull, people seemed uglier back then…

Finally, you entered the area that everyone was waiting for–viewing the terracotta warriors.

For their age, the condition of some of the warriors is just amazing. It was really cool to finally see some in person, although I still want to travel to Xi’an to see the mass thousands all standing in formation.

Here are some of the photos I managed to take despite the lighting and glass being not too photo-friendly.

“The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China’s First Emperor” exhibit is ending soon, but you’ve still got a few days left if you want to see it (which if you’ve never seen the warriors in Xi’an, I recommend you do)

Tickets are only $10HKD and must be purchased in advanced here and more information about the exhibit can be found here.

How to get there:

MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit B2. Walk along Cameron Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui East. -or- MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P2. Walk along the Chatham Road South.

Me with the terracotta warriors

Have you seen the terracotta warriors? Was it in Xi’an or at a museum exhibit? 

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