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Everybody knows about the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an but there are many other imperial tombs in that part of China. This shot is from the Han dynasty tomb of emperor Jingdi, who ruled from 188 until 141 BC.

It is very interesting to compare this tomb with the more famous one of Qin Shi Huang.

Both were legendary emperors, but their rule couldn't have been more different...

QIN SHI HUANG was a man of war, a totalitarian dictator, whose aim was to control everything under the sky ('tianxia').

JING DI held a more libertarian view. He believed that a leader should interfere as little as possible in the daily lives of his subjects ('wuwei').

This difference is strikingly present in what they took to their graves. In the tomb of Jingdi no army, but common people and scenes from daily life, farmers with their animals, etc.

When in Shaanxi, we recommend you take in Jingdi's tomb as well. Not only for the contrasting political views on offer, also because the excavations here are a lot more recent and the presentation is perfect.

At the Jingdi tomb site, visitors can walk on glass plates over the actual excavations.

This picture was taken in the adjacent museum.

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