Chinese park puts fake Terracotta Army on display
Custodians of real historical treasures threatening possible legal action against the tourist attraction in Anhui province
A park in eastern China displaying more than 1,000 concrete replicas of Terracotta Warriors has been threatened with possible legal action by the custodians of the real world-famous, historical treasures, state television reported.
The replicas of the life-sized, fired-clay statues that guard the tomb of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang are on display at a culture park in Anqing in Anhui province, Chinese media reported.
A guide told the Ifeng.com news website that it cost 120 yuan (US$17) to see the statues.
The real Terracotta Army was discovered by a farmer near Xian in Shaanxi province in 1974.
Thousands of life-like figures were built in the third century BC to protect the emperor in the afterlife.
The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor in Xian, which is in charge of the administration of the late emperor’s necropolis, said in a statement that the Anhui park had violated its rights to use the name Terracotta Warriors and the museum reserved the right to pursue legal action, China Central Television reported.
Police raided another tourist attraction in Xian last month which displayed replicas of the Terracotta Army.