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More than 700, 000 laborers constructed the Terra Cotta Army and Tomb Complex. The construction of the tomb was described by historian Sima Qian (145–90 BCE) in his most noted work Shiji, written a century after the mausoleum’s completion. Work on the mausoleum began in 246 BCE soon after Emperor Qin (then aged 13) ascended the throne, and the project eventually involved 700,000 workers.

Geographer Li Daoyuan, writing six centuries after the First Emperor’s death, recorded in Shui Jing Zhu that Mount Li was a favoured location due to its auspicious geology, “famed for its jade mines, its northern side was rich in gold, and its southern side rich in beautiful jade; the First Emperor, covetous of its fine reputation, therefore chose to be buried there”.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta_Army#Tomb, https://www.childrensmuseum.org/blog/10-amazing-facts-about-the-terra-cotta-warriors