Houston – May 2019 – Lucky Land

As you make your way down Airline Drive in Houston, passing by signs in Spanish for restaurants, shops and auto repair facilities, the last thing you would expect to see is two acres of some of the best Asian themed photo ops around.

Lucky Land in Houston is this Asian themed attraction that is a visual overload. Nida Lee is a flea market owner who bought, among other things, a former attraction known as Forbidden Gardens and moved the collection to her flea market. The results are a photographers dream – resulting is a long posting!




The park is set up in various villages, including Panda Village. These life size statues are scattered amongst the landscaping in various poses.




The landscaping and artwork throughout is well done, and very colorful.











There are statues scattered everywhere in the park.











One of the highlights is the large scale near perfect replica of the Terra Cotta Army of China. This alone is worth the trip!








Along the perimeter they have some larger size statues of the soldiers.





Their collection of miniature villages complete with people is extensive as well.








The visual buffet continues….







The Happy Buddha – note the smaller one’s belly has been rubbed for good luck so much the finish is worn off.



Just when you think you are done, you find this section with transformer like sculptures.





Lucky Land has to be one of the best places we have seen for a ‘Roadside America’ type attraction. It is well done, well kept and thoroughly entertaining.






Cincinnati – April 2018 – Terracotta Soldiers

The Cincinnati Ar Museum is hosting an exhibit of the Chinese Terracotta Soldiers. Included in the exhibit are 10 soldiers from the famed collection of Terracotta Warriors of the first emperor of China – Qin Shi Huang.

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The sculptures are over 2000 years old; serving as funerary art for the emperor to protect him in his afterlife.

They are part of a collection of an estimated 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots and over 500 horses.

While the lighting made photography tricky, it was an honor to be able to see these amazing sculptures in person.

The special exhibit area had a timed ticket admission policy to smooth the crowds wanting to view them. While busy it wasn’t jammed so you could enjoy them.

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The details are amazing.

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It seems obvious with the subtle differences in the faces that they were modeled after real individuals.

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The amazing collection was discovered in 1974 by a farmer digging a well.

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The 10 soldiers had a variety of poses.

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As the display makes it’s way around the world it is the most popular exhibit since King Tut.

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The life size figures made one feel as if they were looking at you.

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Standing guard for 2000 years.

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