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“A must if you go to China” 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)
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Ranked #1 of 249 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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“A must if you go to China”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Mind blowing ... as soon as you walk into the building you realise how vast the area is. Seeing it on TV is one thing but being there is something else. Unbelievable that every one of those thousands of figures are all different.

Visited May 2014
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“History comes alive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Hot in June but worth the heat. Fortunately, pit 1 which has the most restored terra cotta warriors, has a hangar like structure built over it, providing welcome shelter from the heat.

Visited June 2014
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“Understand how taxi drivers and tour guides are compensated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

When negotiating for a taxi from Xi’an or for a tour guide at the site, understand that the fee you pay your driver or guide directly is only the base amount they expect to earn that day. Most will get a kick back from any show ticket they sell you, admission ticket to a museum or historical site they escort you to, gift shop they take you to, or restaurant for lunch they recommend. Each one is an entrepreneur. Taxi drivers outside high-end hotels will pass up all local fares for a day-long opportunity to take a group to the terracotta warriors and other places they recommend. Similarly, the tour guides at the terracotta warriors’ museum must wait their turn for most of the day, as each hour the museum sends out only a portion of the many, many guides who show up at the site each day. The guides, too, will likely get only one group per day and will aim to make the most of it.

So make your own priorities clear. Set your agenda ahead of time and make it clear to your driver or guide you do not want additions or alternatives. If you don’t want to see gift shops, make that clear as well. Know that any “demonstrations of terracotta making” will also be gift shops. Review restaurant reputations online before setting out; don’t depend on your driver or guide’s recommendation.

There’s no problem with the driver or guide getting a “commission” on museum or site admission, as you would pay the face price in any case. But be aware that each is mentally adding this commission in when negotiating the base fare. Don’t expect a lot of background history from your guide, who will likely be a language major who has memorized set information on the site, not a scholar who can summarize its significance.

That said, if you love archaeology and Chinese history, the terracotta warriors themselves are a wonder. Seeing the warriors in a day trip with the nearby Hot Springs (Hua Qing Chi) and Li Shan Mountain is well worthwhile.

Visited July 2014
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“Astonishing!!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This place is incredible, it was just mind blowing when I fist came into the main Hall...
The building was built right on top of the Terracota Army and its an archeological site, so you can see people working on the statues and repairing/reconstructing them while you visit. You have to go with a guide, and a good one because all the history of this amazing work has to be listened.
I would go again for sure. Visit Xi'an just for the Army is worth it.

Visited May 2014
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“Incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

To hear the story, meet one of the men who found this, and see such a treasure is more than you can just explain. Go early to get the best view, and look good around because you will never see like this again.
This is one of the best if not the best attarction I have ever seen, so dont miss it

Visited September 2013
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