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Michelle Obama tours China's Terracotta Warriors

Published on Mar 24, 2014 4:01 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - Visiting US First Lady Michelle Obama, along with her daughters and mother, came face-to-face with China's Terracotta Warriors on Monday on a week-long tour which has taken in several major sites while skirting politics.

The family stepped into one of the vast pits at the site outside Xian, in the northern province of Shaanxi, to view the ancient statues while a guide showed them around.

The site houses 8,000 lifesize warriors left by China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang who reigned in the 3rd century BC, a hugely popular tourist attraction that saw five million visitors last year.

Since arriving in Beijing on Thursday night for a visit focusing on "soft" issues, Mrs Obama has toured the Forbidden City, a former imperial palace, with her Chinese counterpart Peng Liyuan, and promoted education and study abroad.

 
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