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Video: China's earthen army marches in Xian -- and farmer shares fame

At home with China's terra-cotta warriors in Xian

Terra-cotta warriors are among China’s best-known cultural exports, but seeing them in their hometown is nevertheless startling.

This video shows the vast archaeological site in Xian where a farmer first uncovered the life-sized earthenware army in 1974. The thousands of warriors were made more than 2,000 years ago.

Traveling exhibitions have carried pieces from the site to museums worldwide, including facilities in London, Barcelona, Toronto, Washington, San Francisco and Santa Ana. These days visitors to Xian (urban population: about 5.5 million) not only view the dig site but browse a broad array of warrior-themed souvenirs.

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