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Army storms Northern Ireland...

...But don't worry, these warriors are made of terracotta

Fifty larger-than-life Chinese warriors are imperiously standing guard at Belfast's City Hall.

The grounds are playing host to a colourful and imposing array of terracotta visitors from the Far East, before they go on tour across Northern Ireland.

The Warriors of Xi’an will stand in prominent public places in towns and cities across Northern Ireland, having been painted on Wednesday by families and local artists.

The Original Terracotta Army was unearthed in Xi’an in 1974 and is made up of around 8,000 life sized soldiers along with chariots and horses.

The warriors visiting Belfast are a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China.

Organisers hope The Warriors project will bring a little colour to public areas and bring people together to enjoy a range of community based arts and culture activities that link to Belfast,  Londonderry UK City of Culture, Enniskillen and other locations.

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