XI'AN, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Mausoleum of Qinshihuang, the first emperor of a united China, has received more than 120 million tourists, including 20 million from overseas since a museum was built on the site and opened to the public in 1979.
Tourists visit Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, July 17, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)
Located at the northern foot of Lishan Mountain, 35 kilometers northeast of Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, the mausoleum of the first emperor of Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) received more than 5 million visitors in 2014 and 8.5 million in 2018. It received a daily record number of over 130,000 tourists during the National Day holiday last year.
The museum will display more items and diversify its exhibitions, including the digitalization of relics, in a bid to help visitors better understand traditional Chinese culture, said Hou Ningbin, curator of Qinshihuang Mausoleum Site Museum.
An army of more than 7,000 life-sized terra cotta warriors and horses was discovered at the site of the tomb in 1974. With an area of 56 square kilometers, the mausoleum is the world's largest underground mausoleum.
The Qinshihuang Mausoleum was inscribed in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1987.
Excavation began on Pit No.2 in 1994 and was halted in 2008 due to a lack of personnel and advanced protective technologies.