The legendary Terracotta Warriors are on their way to Liverpool.
China’s First Emperor and the Terrracotta Warriors opens at World Museum Liverpool this Friday, February 9 - and the priceless artefacts are in the city now.
It will be the first time in a generation the army of terracotta soldiers will have been seen in the UK outside London, and will be one of the highlights of 2018 when Liverpool celebrates 10 years since Capital of Culture.
Tickets are £14.50 for adults and £5.50 for children aged five to 17 from the museum's website.
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors will also feature more than 180 spectacular artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province, more than half of which have never been on show in the UK before.
The landmark 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.
The Terracotta Warriors are on their way. Photo: © Mr Ziyu Qiu
NML director David Fleming said: “This is a tremendous coup, not just for Liverpool, but for the whole of the UK.
“As home to one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe, Liverpool is absolutely the right place for this exhibition, and we are hugely excited to be working with our museum colleagues in China to bring a collection of Warriors, and many other significant historical discoveries to the UK.”
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors runs from February 9 to October 28.