Northwest China's Shaanxi province has decided to build a museum to draw the public closer to a "national treasure", the bronze chariot and horses from the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
The commencement ceremony was held on Dec 28 at the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Park in Xi'an, attended by Wei Zengjun, Shaanxi's deputy governor, Zhao Rong, head of the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Administration and other officials from cultural heritage authorities.
The national treasure, made up of two bronze chariots with four horses each, belonged to China's first emperor Qinshihuang 2,200 years ago
Two sets of bronze chariots and horses were unearthed during the 1980 evacuation of the mausoleum of Qinshihuang, China's first emperor, who lived more than 2,000 years ago. Their display by the museum will now offer some clues about the structure of ancient vehicles and use of horses, shedding light on the ancient technology of metal manufacturing and the royal transportation system.
Photo shows what the museum will be like when completed.
Covering an area of 8,000 square meters, the new museum will showcase the latest achievements of preservation and restoration as well as current archaeological research.
"We receive around six million tourists every year while providing no more than a display of the bronze chariots and horses," said Yang Yanling, deputy director of the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Park.
Archaeologists work at the pit where the bronze chariot and horses were unearthed in 1980.
The new museum will help the viewers to have a better understanding on the great archaeological find by offering VR experiences and giving a detailed introduction to the relics' craftsmanship and bronze components, together with repair methods used with them, according to Yang.
The simulation will show how the copper discovery was unearthed and repaired.
Archaeologists started to repair the pieces, cleaning and reinforcing them, over 30 years ago.
This photo was taken when the bronze chariot and horses were found in 1980.
Abundant research on the bronze chariot and horses has been undertaken, but their metal processing, connections and painting remain to be further explored, according to Zhang Weixing, director of the Archaeology Department of the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Park.
Investment is planned at 189.5 million yuan ($29.1 million) and the construction is due to be completed by October, 2019. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn)