This is my second visit here and this time with my family. It's everything you heard and read about so check it off your bucket list. First, make sure to visit the neighboring Emperor Bath House/Springs first. This is located next to a volcano which heats this mineral rich water that all the royalties bathed for hundreds of years. Tour guides don't speak the best english here though.
Next, head to the Terra-cotta warrior museum! When purchasing the main ticket, you are given the option of a golf cart ride to the museum. Yes, it is a piddly price but worth it to save time/energy. Also, definitely hire one of the official English tour guides. It makes a world of a difference. We had Cindy (doing this for 8 years) and she was great. I would start with Pit 2 first, then onto Pit 3 and finish with Pit 1. Make sure to arrive at the front entrance of Pit 1 to get that WOW effect of seeing all those excavated soldiers.
The cinema which showed a brief history of the QIN dynasty was very disappointing and run down. Previously, it was well done but needs a makeover. The audio alternates in english and chinese between showings so choose carefully otherwise you won't know what's going on.
I would skip the "farmer" signing and photo session! All in all a great time!!