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“Clay Soldiers of Xian” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
Qinling North Road, Lintong District, Xi'an 710600, China (Formerly The Terracotta Army,Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses)
029-3911961
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Ranked #1 of 247 Attractions in Xi'an
Type: History Museums, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues
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Owner description: One of the most significant archaeological finds in the world, this 16,300-square-meter excavation reveals more than 7,000 life-size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations.
Shanghai, China
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“Clay Soldiers of Xian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Had 3 day break from work. Decided to book an entire package through a travel agent. I initially thought a bit expenside at Euro 800 each, but now that i'm back, it was well worth it.
Firstly, I would not have been able to see and do all the trips/attaractions they had organized.
Secondly the organizational requirements when you are not a local, would be daunting.
There is probably enough to see around Xian for at least a week, at the end of that you will be exhausted. More realistic would be 7 or 8 days.
We only went to the sites close to the city, had a live show, with dinner, and then went to the clay soldier site. ALL Excellent.
On the way to the soldiers, you are taken to a silk rug factory. Lots more to see than silk carpets, Interseting, but 200% more expensive than buying the same in Europe. (must think tourists are crazy)

Visited August 2012
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“Wow - worth all the travelling etc”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Spectacular. Yes the entrance is tacky, yes it is busy with C 5m visitors pa however the scale and preservation is awe inspiring.

Take a guide at 150 rmb, start with pit 3 working back to pit 1 and be prepared to be humbled.

Up there with the Pyramids, Grand Canyon and Great Wall etc.

Visited August 2012
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

You have to run the gauntlet of souvenir shops to get to and from the parking lot to the museum or pay to take a tram up to the museum. Once there, the site is breathtaking. There is a must see 360 degree movie with subtitles explaining the history of the site. The painstaking work that is being done to excavate and reassemble all the statues is amazing. Each individual warrior is different. There are 3 different buildings housing the vast amount of warriors and horses at the excavation site. It was fascinating and definitely worth the trip. The on site restaurant over the gift shop was average.

Visited July 2012
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“Terracotta Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This attraction was a lot bigger than I expected and really needs almost a full day to see everything. The exhibits are well explained but having a guide makes the experience much more forfilling

Visited June 2012
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The Terracotta Warriors is, of course, the reason most people go to Xi'an and is undoubtedly well worth the visit. I'd recommend taking the green 306 bus from Xi'an Railway Station to the warriors as its easy, convenient and cheap (only ¥7 one way). Just make sure you stay on the bus until the last stop (the warriors) as it also stops before them at the Emperor's actual mausoleum hill. The bus stops at the warriors in a carpark a little walk away from the actual entrance to the warriors, so just make sure you head right past the few restaurants, and then left up the road past the main carpark - you'll eventually see a KFC and the ticket office is just around the corner. You can either take the trolley car to the warrior's pits, or you can walk - both ways are pleasant. I'd also recommend touring the pits in the reverse order: start at Pits 3 and 2 which are less excavated, then move to the main Pit 1 for a truly amazing sight - this way you won't get disappointed! The Exhibition Hall is also well-worth a quick visit, and overall this is a must-see destination while in China! Head back to the carpark where you arrived in the 306 bus to take it back into downtown Xi'an.

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