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Thousands flock to view Chinese Warriors

Visitors have flocked to see the larger-than-life lanterns inspired by the ancient Chinese Terracotta warriors which added a burst of colour to the Old College Quad on South Bridge this Chinese New Year from 29 Jan to 7 February 2014.

Please click here to see a video and find out more.

Each day the 90 lantern figures up to 2.5m tall were illuminated from 4pm-9pm.

The spectacle was created by Chinese artist Xia Nan for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Thanks to a partnership between the Confucius Institute for Scotland, the Festivals Office in the University of Edinburgh and various other departments within the University this exhibition has been brought to Scotland for the first time.

Inspired by terracotta army



The lanterns are inspired by the army of terracotta soldiers, discovered in 1974 when the tomb of the 3rd Century BC First Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang was unearthed in the Xian province of China.

The figures were found in an underground vault of 12,000 square meters and comprised more than 8,000 terracotta sculptures depicting warriors and horses arranged in battle formation.

It is thought that they were created to defend the emperors immortal soul.

Traditional technique



Xia Nan has used traditional Chinese lantern designs to re-imagine this awe-inspiring historic discovery.

The figures that will populate Old College quadrangle includes women and children as well as men with horses.


    `We are delighted to be showcasing this incredible exhibition to coincide with Chinese New Year. People of all ages are sure to be wowed by the scale and beauty of the lanterns, while also learning about this important aspect of Chinese history.`


Professor Natascha Gentz
Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh


The University of Edinburgh in association with the Confucius Institute for Scotland is delighted to present this exhibition in partnership with Event International, and with thanks to Chaoyang Cultural Centre, Beijing.

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