2018 is set to be a big year for Liverpool as the world-famous Terracotta Warriors arrive at the city's World Museum in February – their new home until October.
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It will be the first time in more than ten years that the terracotta sculptures from the tomb of China's First Emperor will be brought to the UK and eager visitors to the exhibition can purchase tickets from Thursday 9 November 2017.
Opening on 9 February until 28 October 2018, China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors will feature over 180 fascinating artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province, more than half of which have never been on show in the UK before.
The must-see exhibition tells the story of the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the pre-unification Qin Kings, to China's First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang's rise to power and the legacy of his achievements in the succeeding Han Dynasty.
Visitors will come face to face with the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors, including a life-size terracotta horse, as well as other exquisite objects from the Emperor's vast burial complex. Objects from the Han Dynasty will explore ancient Chinese lifestyle, the economic prosperity of the empire and beautifully crafted artefacts from royal burials.
The unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years and sheds light on the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the bitter struggles of warring states in the 8th century BC to the rise of the Qin State and the unification of China by the First Emperor in 221 BC, concluding with the peace and prosperity of the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD).
Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: "The Terracotta Warriors are one of the wonders of ancient China and a phenomenal sight to behold. Bringing a selection of the Warriors to Liverpool is a fantastic achievement that will benefit the whole country.
"This incredible exhibition will undoubtedly boost tourism to the city and attract visitors from across the UK and Europe to see China's greatest national treasure."
Tickets are priced from £14.50 for adults and £5.50 for children aged between 6 and 17 years. Children aged 5 years and under go free. Visit liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/terracottawarriors for more information on pricing and how to book tickets for the Terracotta Warriors.
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