PM Modi visits Terracotta Warriors Museum in China, Indian media not allowed to enter

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Xian
  • Updated: May 14, 2015 12:27 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday began his official engagements in China with a visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum, while the Indian media contingent accompanying him was stranded outside.

Modi spent an hour going around the museum in Xi'an which has a large collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

In the visitors' book, Modi wrote that he was "deeply impressed" by the extraordinary care with which the museum has been preserved.

Dozens of reporters and camerapersons who followed him from New Delhi were not allowed inside the museum by Chinese officials.

The journalists complained that they were rudely told by officials that they did not have the requisite permission to follow the Prime Minister inside the museum.

The interpreter accompanying them said there was "total lack of communication" between the ministry of external affairs(MEA), the Indian embassy and the Chinese officials.

Indian officials , however, put the blame entirely on the Chinese side and said they would take it up with Beijing.

Modi visited Qin's museum after arriving in Xi'an to a grand welcome on a three-day trip during which he will also visit Beijing and Shanghai.

The museum complex, a UN world heritage site, also houses Qin's mausoleum and was built in the 2nd century BC to mark the unification of Chinese territory.

The terracotta sculptures are a form of funerary art buried with the emperor, the purpose of which was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

Scientists estimate the museum about 8,000 warriors besides terracotta chariots and horses some of which still remain buried.

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