Xi’an was home of Emperor Qin. As well as ruthlessly building civil engineering projects like the Great Wall he also extravagantly built his own tomb and nearby he had 8,000 lifelike terracotta soldiers made to accompany him in the afterlife; also entombed with him, to look after his every need, were all his childless concubines and workers who knew the secrets of the tomb. With concerns of health and safety the tomb is still unopened, it is said to contain rivers and lakes of Mercury.
Location: Xian, China
Photographer: Stafford Steed LRPS, CPAGB