Real terracotta figures from Qin Shi Huangdi’s monumental tomb have come to the Bern's Historical Museum for the first time. Life-sized and detailed, they are an astonishing find. Discovered in 1974, the terracotta army was one of the most famous archaeological discoveries of all time, and the place of their discovery, now a Unesco World Heritage site, has been described as “the Eighth Wonder of the World”.

The show casts light on the early days of the Chinese Empire, its charismatic First Emperor, and the legacy of his reign in China. Along with the terracotta figures on show are around 220 other artefacts from the era. Visitors will learn all about the "Middle Kingdom" with detailed explanation.