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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 248 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.
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“Do not miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

This has been on my bucket list and I was not disappointed. Thousands of life size soldiers! Do hire a guide to really understand what you are seeing and to get the most out of the entire museum. It is awe inspiring. Do the cheesy tourist thing and buy the fake miniature soldiers from a vendor. You can get five for about $2. A nice memory if you can get them home. Late fall is a great time to go because there were fewer crowds and the weather was not hot or cold.

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“Spectacular site to visit even though it is probably all a fake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The Terracotta Warriors are totally fake. Still, worth checking out. We went to the Terra Cotta warriors museum with a tour. It is amazing what they have built there.
You can read the history of how they discovered these statues, but if you believe everything you hear or see in China you are naive. A tour of these statues taken to Germany in 07 were proven to not be very old. You can meet the farmer who first discovered these statues over 40 years ago and get his autograph. However, if you google the terra cotta warriors farmer, you will see at least 10 different men playing the same role. For shame.
If you investigate this further, you will agree with me.

Visited May 2012
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I had so high expectations of this, knowing the scale of China nowadays in architecture that I was a bit disappointed by the place. Not much explanation on how the soldiers were made. I was with a local friend who convinced one of the statue souvenir seller to bring us to his 'factory'. That was really interesting...
If you want to bring back a human size statue, you have lot of room for bargaining!!

Visited January 2012
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“What humans could do without current technology is mind blowing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Again, best time to travel is winter... Few tourists and maximum photo and experience opportunities. We had a personal guide for two days who took us here but guides can be arranged at sight... reccomended.

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“A true wonder of the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Even if you have seen myriad photos of and read numerous books on the Terra Cotta Warriors, nothing can prepare you for the "wow" factor of actually seeing this amazing site in person. Of course you cannot climb into the pits to touch or get up close and personal with these world treasures, but you can get excellent views by simply walking around the entire hanger. We went on a weekend, it was crowded, as is everything in China, but nowhere near as crowded as The Forbidden City in Beijing was during National Week. Everyone moved along and there was always room directly against the railings to lean over, across, and get a better look at the Warriors.

What I found most amazing were the pits that had just been uncovered, with the broken pieces that would in time be painstakingly formed into whole statutes once again. It is wondrous to imagine that all of this excavation has been done in just the last 40 years or so, and when you see the delicacy of the soldiers, you understand why it must be done so carefully and slowly.

One of the things that was a surprise was that if you have only seen photos of the soldiers, without visiting the site itself, you may get the impression that the site is much larger than it actually is. The largest site is about the size of a football field. Don't let that disturb you. You truly are seeing a wonder of the world, no matter how big or small it is.

There is a very large souvenir shop where you can buy replicas of the warriors. The prices are high. My tip would be to wait until you have exited the complex. There will be many vendors trying to sell you the same souvenirs as inside, but for a lot less money I bought a five piece replica set of Terra Cotta Warriors (and a horse) in a nice decorative box for 50 kwai (about $9.00). The same exact set inside the souvenir shop was 150 kwai. You cannot bargain in the souvenir shop, but you certainly can with the outside vendors.

There are also quite a few vendors as you walk up to the site itself, selling everything from fruits (the pomegranates are delicious, as is the pomegranate wine) to animal skins. Of course they are trying to make money, but they are not aggressive, and you can simply ignore them.

This is a "bucket list" place to visit. I know that children of all ages would be as thrilled as we were to see the warriors in person.

Visited November 2012
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