On a recent trip to China to attend the BIT Life Sciences Hematology Conference, I had the opportunity to visit the Terracotta Warriors just outside of Xi’an. I’d seen some of the sculptures on exhibit several years ago in Washington, D.C. But seeing more than 8,000 soldiers, horses and chariots up close, in their original setting, was amazing. The sculptures were placed in the tomb of China’s first emperor, Quin Shi Huang, more than 2000 years ago to ensure his safety in the afterlife. Amazingly, they were not discovered until 1974.
The Hemotology conference, which I attended as a speaker, provided a lot of great historical and cultural tours in and around Xi’an. I’ll post the abstract about my talk, “Advances in Topical Hemostats for Surgical Bleeding”on my next post. I’ve posted additional photos of the Terracotta Army on Flickr.