The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • chewie999
    South Australia, Australia276 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What can you say, Impressive!
    Just mentally prepare yourself for crowds and adapt to the situation and you will have a great time. A slow and methodical work in progress that will keep getting bigger. What they have restored is fantastic and you will not be disappointed. There are 3 pits which are all covered, plus an Exhibition Centre also worth a visit. With such a globally famous site, you do get the crowds, mostly with Chinese tour groups who 99% well behaved. Before entering there is a massive shopping and restaurant complex (you also go through it when exiting). Prepare for queues and a 1 km walk after entering before reaching the pits. So don't wear uncomfortable shoes.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • kk3n
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to go, so just do it
    OK. If you go to Xi'an, everybody will ask if you saw the mud soldiers. So just do it. It's a nightmare, but not as much of a nightmare as you might expect (and we did it in high season in July). There is basically one place to take "the picture" and it swarms with tour groups. But if you get in position and are diligent you will eventually be swept up to the railing and will get your shots. When it's done, you will have the warm glow that you survived, and you can eat lamb burgers and celebrate when you get back to Xi'an. We went on our own with a Didi (Uber) car from our hotel. 2 minute wait both ways, and very affordable by US standards. So we could nip in to the railing and get views between tour groups. We could also ditch all of the crowds for lunch outside under the trees, which was a huge relief. If you are in a tour group, you will be stuck inside of it the whole time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • andream0402
    Melbourne, Australia2,940 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of our trip to China
    This was amazing ! Although very crowded, people do move through at a steady pace and eventually you can see everything you want to see. The scale is unimaginable until you see it for yourself in person. The detail on these warriors - all of them individuals is fascinating. Understanding the excavation and repair processes that have taken place for us to be able to view these warriors is amazing. A must see in China.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Blake Evans
    Shenzhen, China30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip to the museum
    This site is amazing to see! The size and quantity of warriors and horses is far most vast than what I could have expected as a foreigner. Site 1 and site 2 are impressive in size while site 3 is interesting to view the construction methods up closer. Tips: visit during an off time. Even when there isn’t a holiday the museum is still crowded with viewers.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 23, 2023
  • KM Lee
    214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just soldiering on!
    What else can be said of one of world's wonders? Here I'll deal more with the transport aspects for independent travelers, as I wasted a lot of time with outdated information. First off, *all* the information about public bus transport from Xi'an city is outdated. There is now a direct metro ride to a station near the museum. That's where the local buses will take you in - NOT from Xi'an city anymore. Make your way to Xi'an metro line 9 which starts from the Fangzhicheng station. Take it to the Huaqinchi station. Cross the road and there'll be all kinds of transport options including the bus. As you are let off watch where the entrance and exit paths to the museum are as they may not be clearly marked. It's a very busy place where there are all kinds of people vying for your business. Tour guides, drivers for hire, hawkers, etc. You can buy tickets on the spot with cash. After queuing to get in, it's a dreary 700 m walk into the museum grounds. In contrast, the exit path is lined with all the shops selling food and souvenirs. December is supposedly off peak, but it was quite crowded. Peak period will be something to behold. The onsite cafe serves decent food. Enjoy!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Michael
    Beijing, China8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The same as in the internet
    We did not enjoyed this place. It is interesting, large scale and world famous. But if you are not an archeologist, no need to get there as you will see almost the same as in the internet at home. A lot of people inside. There were gunmen ready to fire to secure this place that was not usual for China. It was a difficult work to create the warriors many years ago and even more difficult to excavate and restore nowadays. So it is permitted to observe warriors just from a distance. But about 5 of them were put on display in the other building, you can shoot and really observe separately.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2023
  • andrew c
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terracotta Warriors
    Really interesting place, very crowded when we went although it was a holiday so the crowds were expected. Admission was OK although the signposting for foreign visitors tickets was a little confusing. The viewing areas are raised above the excavations and you can struggle to get a good spot with the sheer number of people but persistence pays off. Definitely worthwhile.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 21, 2024
  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed, ever
    We recently went on a tour of China that included Xi'an as an optional extra. We ticked the box to visit Xi'an and were rewarded with a fantastic, not-to-be forgotten experience, and easily the highlight of our trip. Easily ... the Great Wall was in the dust. I feel for those other tourists who didn't tick the Xi'an box - they might have saved a few dollars but missed a remarkable place, surely a wonder of the world. If you plan to visit China, make sure Xi'an is on the itinerary.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 25, 2024
  • 474Lorraine
    Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent experience
    Our experience with Catherine Lu tours was excellent from first contact. Cindy was extremely helpful, returning our phone calls and messages promptly and assisting us in every way. The day at the Terracotta Warriors was wonderful. Julia was extremely knowledgeable and a pleasant and excellent guide. We have looked forward to this experience for many years and this tour surpassed our expectations.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 10, 2024
  • Pioneer51300688341
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    How to get there easily by Bus 306
    Nice place to see. Take the 306 Bus from Fangzhicheng Station. You have to go to Exit A,B and look for the Bus Stop. The right Exit is a bit hidden but you can ask in the shops there.It costs 5 Yuan and takes 1:15 to get there. It depends on traffic. Its better to get early because its less crowded in the Museum.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
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Huntingdon, UK1,944 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Even in the winter the museum was busy and you need to push your way to the front at times to get a good view. It must be unbearable in the summer. However, it’s proper bucket list stuff and you need to take your time to properly realise just what you are looking at even with a guide’s briefing. We took a local tour from our hotel which was arranged the night before.
Written January 2, 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK164 contributions
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Jul 2019
To get to see one of China's most iconic sights you'll need to head to the city of Xi' An and get a bus from there which will drop you off not too far from the museum, make sure to bring enough of the local currency with you and also make sure you come at a time when the whole country isn't on holiday as well since you'll be waiting in long lines for hours otherwise. The museum is divided into several buildings, each showcasing different parts of the terracotta army, some will be statues riding on chariots and then you'll arrive at the main building which houses the huge Terracotta army itself, although some are missing heads and hands. There are tour guides who will show you around but I didn't pay for one since I already knew enough about the army and didn't want to pay anymore money. If you do arrive on a busy day then you'll just need to move with the crowd, try to ease your way through the hundreds of people and when you finish, don't waste anymore time, head back to the buses or you could be waiting hours to get back to your hotel. You'll also likely be one of the few westerners there so people will likely stare at you, bringing friends along may help with that, but you'll also need to get a train to Xi'an which may last a whole day or you can catch a flight. While this is an iconic sight, it does come with its difficulties but it is worth it since this is a part of Chinese history which has survived for thousands of years.
Written June 11, 2020
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Zarza's Travels
Auckland, New Zealand465 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Yep, get there early! The early start was well worth it as I was one of the first through the gates (although then slightly delayed as I was pulled to one side to be questioned as a foreigner about where I was from, where had I been etc. But, this happens regularly in China and didn't cause any big problems). Ticket office was closed but a lovely member of staff helped me buy through wechat, then was able to walk around on my own. Don't think you need a guide if you have read up about it before (I also bought an amazing book about the history of the place whilst there). Pit 1 was of course incredible, but actually I think 2 and 3 were equally as awesome. Seeing so much of it yet to be discovered was actually really fascinating, and I love that they are prioritising trying to protect the statues, and finding a scientific way of doing it to keep the paint on them is excellent - they aren't rushing to uncover them all to enhance the tourist side. It was done really well! Plenty of souvenirs available. I'd had a good look round within 2 - 3 hours and was ready to leave by about 11am when all the big tour groups were arriving - really easy to get a didi to and fro. Be sure to check it out if you are in Xi'an!
Written July 15, 2021
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ceetom1
California396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This place is similar to visiting the Roman Coliseum or the Eiffel Tower for the first time. You probably will not forget it. Wife and I visited China for the first time to mainly see the Great Wall, Palace Museum and the Terracotta Warriors. Took a 5 hour high speed train from Beijing to Xian and from there a less than hour drive to the warriors.

Even though we had seen pictures of the warriors before, being there in person was no less thrilling. The sheer number of figures and the intricate detail on each figure is astounding. We were so glad we visited here. Plan around two hours for your visit.

Written January 9, 2020
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Sjakie S
Hoorn, The Netherlands661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
You can go there by public transport (bus) from the Xi'an bus station, which is on the opposite side from the railway station (the one without the bullet train, near the city). A bus leaves every 10 minutes and costs 8 yuan to and 10 yuan back. Go first to pit 3, then 2, then 1,for the best wow effect. Very impressive!
Written May 18, 2022
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Celia B
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Obviously a very impressive place. The sheer scale of the Terracotta Army can only be appreciated with a visit. This is a treasure of Chinese culture.

However, the place is enormous and the number of people is really oppressing. The whole thing is very commercialised and there is clearly nothing authentic about it anymore.

While this is obviously worth a visit, one should not expect a romantic travel back in time but more of a industrialised tourist experience.
Written August 8, 2020
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MikeRenee C
172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Incredible history with these 2000 yr old statues. The condition of them is incredible. The history even more interesting. Our young boys were just as engrossed in the story and artifacts as we were. You won’t be disappointed. There is also a nice little village near where you can enjoy good food (lots of options). Make sure to go to the real terracotta warrior ceramic factory for souvenirs where they use the actual clay used for the original statues...all other locations just use cheap clay so not as authentic.
Written January 2, 2020
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Buddingtraveller83
Penang Island, Malaysia148 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Family
Visited the warriors and we were not disappointed. We had our own guide, arranged beforehand and was able to learn so much. Living in china has enabled to see so many things we thought we’d never see including these. The main pit is humongous and the warriors all lined up is amazing! Pure sight of awe. Looking at the others are interesting too, including the bronze statues and the different warriors in the glass display cabinets. Best fact- every SINGLE one has different facial features. No two are the same. Amazing
Written July 24, 2020
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Jim S
67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Awe-inspiring— how much work went into creating and later unearthing these figures. Most impressive: each figure’s face is unique. It somehow personalizes the whole thing. Displays and history write ups are good. We hired a guide - highly recommend that. Tip: want to buy a replica note that they have expensive ones in the shop, not so expensive out in the marketplace. They seem comparable- unless you want one larger than 6” in which case you should probably splurge and buy it from the museum shop.
Written February 21, 2020
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Leah
Shanghai, China27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
World famous terracotta warriors is a spectacular sightseeing and reach history - take a guide with you (you can find them next to the entrance, around 100 yuan) to learn more about the dark story of Terracotta Army. For the price of ticket (120 yuan for adult, 60 for students) you get the entrance to exhibition halls inside the main park and also you can go to see tomb of Qin Shi Huang, but that’s another park. To get there you need to take a special brown bus (around 20 more minutes) and then another small transferring cart for 10 minutes. There you’ll see two museums and tomb (actually only the monument on the top- tomb is underground and it’s still closed). Honestly, the second part is not worthy- I suggest to stop on the first park.
Written July 9, 2021
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