The Terracotta Army and The First Emperor of China Launches in South Africa

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Yesterday, 14th June 2016, Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp hosted the opening event for The Terracotta Army and The First Emperor of China. Having already been on display on the shores of Durban, the exhibition is scheduled to be opened in Gauteng for the next 3 months, start from today, 15th June 2016, up until 24th August 2016, between 9am and 7pm daily.

The exhibition is both entertaining and educational, providing in depth lessons of the history of China’s first emperor. The 300 recreated statues of the Terracotta Army on display showcases Ancient China of 2,200 years ago, when Emperor Qin Shi Huang commissions the production of the 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. The intention of the army was to protect the emperor in his afterlife from the many enemies and armies he had conquered as he ascended to power. The original project is said to have involved more than 700,000 workers. The figures were discovered by local farmers in 1974 in Lintong District, Xi’an.

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The exhibition, while diminutive in comparison to the World Heritage Site, still provides a great glimpse into the prestige of the Terracotta Army and the first Emperor of China. Tickets are available online at or via the Silverstar Box Office at a cost of R140 for adults, R85 for children and R95 for pensioners, or R350 for a family of four.

Press Release


The secrets and mysteries of ancient China will soon be making its way to South Africa for the very first time. The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China: The Exhibition will be at Silverstar Casino, the West Rand’s No 1 entertainment destination, from Wednesday, 15 June to Wednesday, 24 August.

The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China exhibition is an extraordinary voyage that showcases the Ancient China of 2,200 years ago. It is, undeniably, the most complete exhibition ever created of the Terracotta Army, the necropolis and life of the First Emperor. In an incredible staging, this exhibition brings together more than 300 life-sized reproductions of statues, chariots, weapons and objects from the daily life of the First Emperor of China, just as they were discovered in the more than 100 pits of the necropolis.

“We are proud of the fact that our venue has evolved into a first-class provider of leisure, gaming and entertainment for the whole family. We are also particularly excited about the fact that we have the opportunity to partner with some of the biggest names in the industry, like Expo RSA, to host international quality expos like The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China, amongst many other amazing events,” says Shane Collinson, Director of Operations and Complex General Manager at Silverstar Casino.

The works displayed in The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China exhibition have all been reproduced by Chinese craftsmen from the original excavation site, with particular attention to detail in order to replicate the beauty and uniqueness of the originals. The reproductions are further enhanced in an authentic setting accompanied by spectacular audio-visual and lighting highlights.

In addition to hosting this epic exhibition, Silverstar Casino will also be hosting the Power of Poison exhibition from Friday, 24 June to Wednesday, 24 August at The Globe. Guests will be taken on a guided tour to explore the fascinating history of poison in an exhibition that promises to be fun for the whole family. From the creation of Snow White’s apple, the event explores the role poison has played in changing human history, healthcare and literature.

Come experience it all at Silverstar.

The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China: The Exhibition will take place at:

  • Silverstar Casino’s The Globe
  • 15 June 2016 to 24 August 2016
  • 10 am to 7pm

Tickets are available from or at the onsite Silverstar Box Office. Prices range from R140 (adults), R85 (children), R95 (pensioners and students) or R350 for a family of four (two adults and two children). Children under the age of five enter for free. Special school packages are also available in all cities.

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