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Complete set of Qin Dynasty bronze chariots meet public

2024-04-19 21:16 Last Updated At:04-20 08:07

The complete set of Qin Dynasty (221 B.C.-207 B.C.) bronze chariots and horses were put on display to the public together on Thursday in Xi'an City of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

The first piece of the set, the No. 1 bronze chariot and horse, initially housed at Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, underwent three years of meticulous maintenance before being relocated to the Bronze Chariot and Horse Museum, where the second piece of the set was kept.

The No.1 bronze chariot consists of an open chariot drawn by four bronze horses, with a single standing driver and a bronze umbrella on a stand placed next to him.

The second piece, No.2 bronze chariot, is a closed carriage with two seats and an umbrella-like roof, which is also drawn by four bronze horses.

The two Qin dynasty bronze model chariots, crafted over 2,200 years ago by skilled artisans to replicate the original appearance of the imperial carriage used by Emperor Qinshihuang, were discovered in 1978 at the mausoleum site. 

Both models were restored and exhibited at the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in the 1980s.

In 2021, the Bronze Chariot and Horse Museum opened just 200 meters away from the official excavation site.

The No. 2 bronze chariot and horse were moved to the museum and made available for public viewing, while the No. 1 bronze chariot and horse underwent protection and restoration at the original exhibition hall at the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum.

"The paint on it will naturally age and have related problems over time, and we need to reinforce and touch up areas where it's showing signs of wear, like flaking or powdering," said Liu Jiangwei, staff of the Cultural Relics Protection Department of the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum.

Thursday marked the completion of maintenance for the No. 1 bronze chariot and horse, which was then officially showcased in the Bronze Chariot and Horse Museum. 

The two bronze chariots and horses were put on public display together for the first time at their original site since their excavation.

Complete set of Qin Dynasty bronze chariots meet public

Complete set of Qin Dynasty bronze chariots meet public

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Riverboat captain honored to sail through Seine for upcoming Olympic ceremony

2024-06-19 14:08 Last Updated At:14:37

The challenging endeavor of piloting a boat down the Seine River for the upcoming Olympic Games ceremony is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, said a French boat captain during the second rehearsal Monday.

For the first time in history, the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games will take place outside the stadium. On July 26, over 10,000 athletes from across the world are expected to parade on boats down the Seine River during sunset.

The second rehearsal was initially scheduled for early April but has been delayed until now due to excessive river flow and rapid speed increases caused by bad weather in Ile-de-France, making ship control difficult. The primary purpose of this rehearsal is to determine if these riverboats can complete the voyage within the allotted time.

Michel is the captain of the Senang, a riverboat that is set to participate in the opening ceremony. Speaking from the boat's wheelhouse, he expressed deep gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the event.

"Piloting a boat is challenging, but it is an experience that we will only have once in our lives as sailors. It makes me feel that I am participating in a great event," Michel said.

The boat captain said that the distance between each vessel should be kept at about 100 meters, not only to maintain accuracy in timing but also to coordinate with the ships before and after. They had received extensive training in communication and protocol before the rehearsal, he noted.

"This task requires utmost accuracy, down to every minute and second, so it is crucial that we know when to accelerate and when to slow down. We maintain constant communication with the staff of the Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games," he said.

"I never thought that one day I would have such a unique experience," he added.

Michel has not yet been informed of which country's delegation will board his ship, but he said that he eagerly looks forward to the official opening day of the Olympic Games.

The Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games have announced that the next rehearsal is expected to be held next Monday.

The Paris Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11, with the Paralympics following soon after from August 28 to September 8.

Riverboat captain honored to sail through Seine for upcoming Olympic ceremony

Riverboat captain honored to sail through Seine for upcoming Olympic ceremony

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