China is one of those countries that I hope to see in my lifetime. To actually see the Great Wall and take in authentic Chinese food and culture is on my bucket list. As of today, I am not sure when I will take that fateful trip to China so I was very excited to visit the Discovery Times Square Terracotta Warriors exhibit to get a little bit of China in New York City.
The Discovery Times Square is New York City’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s defining cultures, art, history and events.
I had heard of the famous and extremely ambitious Qin Shihuangdi, the self-named First Emperor of China, who inherited the throne at the age of 13 and after several battles and civil unrest unified China from 7 distinct sectors to one country. I knew he was a brilliant military strategist, had a massive army and reorganized China into feudal states but I had no idea he was afraid of death and that in 1974, two farmers digging a well discovered the emperor’s secret tomb, over 9,000 terracotta warriors and ancient artifacts.
Thanks to the China Institute in partnership with Discovery Times Square several 6 feet tall, 600 pound terracotta soldiers and over 200 artifacts are displayed for all Times Square visitors.
I had never been to the Discovery Times Square exhibition center before and I loved how it was not too big and lots of dramatic and action videos that gives you a lot of history without overwhelming you. The exhibit has three different sections that tell the story of war, peace and the Chinese life after the rule of China’s First Emperor.
Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor Exhibit includes weapons, armor, livestock and other treasures that are in impeccable shape. There are even 20 new items that have never been displayed in the United States. The exhibit will only be there until August 26, 2012 so if you live in the Tri-State area or feel like taking a road trip this exhibit is definitely worth the ride for an educational experience.
Rock is only four but loved the warriors and the videos but I would recommend this exhibit for older kids since you are not allowed to touch the glass or certain displays. For international visitors they have audio tours and equipment in different languages. Sorry no strollers, flash photography or videos allowed.
Head over to www.discoveryTS.com for all exhibition details, times and group discounts. Adult tickets are $25.00, Kids 4-12 are $19.50 and seniors $22.50.
Disclosure: I received press tickets to attend the exhibit but as always my post is my unbiased opinion.