Terra Cotta Warriors in Washington

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When archeologists excavated the tomb of the first emperor of a unified China, they found thousands of life size clay figures – soldiers, archers, generals – even musicians and acrobats. Were they meant to guard the emperor’s rest or accompany him to next life? Come decide for yourself as the Terra Cotta warriors make their final stop in the United States at the National Geographic Museum at 17th & M Streets NW (Metro Farragut North) – a short walk from the Hamilton Crowne Plaza.

The exhibit runs November 19th through March 31, 2010. Daily 10 am – 6 pm. (Wednesdays extended evening hours until 9 pm.) Timed entry tickets are available in advance ($12 adults, $6 children, $10 seniors, students & military) and online purchase is recommended to ensure your preferred date and time. Audio tours are also available to enhance the experience. Free film screenings of The Real Dragon Emperor takes you inside the tomb and excavation of the first emperor of China

If you’d like to continue the Chinese theme of your day, you can enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants in Chinatown (Metro: Chinatown / Gallery Place) before heading to the National Zoo to visit Washington, DC’s most famous residents – Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, and Tai Shan – our giant pandas (Metro: Woodley Park / National Zoo).

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