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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Where Were the Warriors?

Several days ago, a man was shot dead after taking 10 tourists hostage near the historical Xian town square in China.

While the hostages were released unharmed, the man was shot and killed by Chinese police after a brief surrender attempt fell apart.

The Xian province is a major Chinese tourist destination because it is where the Terracotta Army is located. There are over 8,000 ceramic warriors, acrobats, horses, and other "men" in the Army, which was discovered in 1975 by local farmers. Buried with Emperor Qin, who unified China during his reign, legend holds that the Army will come to life to protect China in a time of great need.

Officials insist such an incident is extremely rare in China, particularly in this province.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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