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The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
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Reviewed December 29, 2007

This is a must-see destination. The emperor had hundreds, maybe thousands of warrior statues made for his burial place. A farmer found part of one in his field, and now many have been pieced together. The museum was built over the field. The statues show different expressions, different uniforms of officiers and cavalry. The horses, also, are spectacular.

2  Thank grannyof14
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Reviewed September 13, 2007

You needn't be Indiana Jones to seek this once lost treasure! The museum and grounds are well laid out to help you make the most of your visit. Everything, including the bathrooms, is clean and welcoming. I went with a guide who did an excellent job of explaining the various elements of the exhibit. You're allowed to take pictures throughout, which is nice. The massiveness of the first pit takes your breath away and you get to see the warriors and horses up close, especially those on special display behind glass. It's interesting to learn more about the ongoing process of unearthing I also found the movie exhibit that explains the history to be very informative. The day I visited, one of the farmers that discovered the warriors was on hand to sign books (but won't allow for photos, FYI.) My guide told that the emperor’s tomb has yet to be explored successfully, and there are hidden dangers within the tomb purposely put there to keep out invaders. She also said they've found the bones of grave robbers who were less than successful. It makes the mystery all the more interesting!

16  Thank girlovestogo
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Reviewed August 7, 2007

We took a tour provided by the Airport Office and it cost only 45 Yuan; the entrance fees to the museums were in addition (but they did not amount to that much, about 180 Yuan). Excellent English-speaking guide ("Harvey").

5  Thank Victoria100
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Reviewed April 30, 2007

We just returned yesterday from Xian (May 1, 2007) and wanted to share with you how to take the local bus to see the Terra Cotta Warriors. If you don't want to take a tour bus then this is the way to go. It cost us 7RMB each way on Bus (5)306. It's a full size green city bus with no air conditioning. As others have said here, don't take the 306 mini bus. We were told there that they drive around the city hanging out the window looking for people to go and will not go until they are full. This can take up to 3 hours in some cases. Here is where they were loading: go to the railway station. Stay on the same side as the railway station, don't go back under the archway to the street (as we were mistakenly told to do). Face the railway station. Look to your right. (Far right end of the station) This is where they load. Walk down there (it will seem like you are walking into a parking lot) Right against the archway is where you get in line. They have a sign with 3 sides saying, "If you want to see the terra cotta warriors, get in line here" or something like that. Big sign. Once you are on the bus and moving down the road, the ticket person will come and ask where you want to go. If you can't say Terra Cotta Warriors in Chinese or any of the other sites, then just take a picture along of them, or get it written in Chinese and point to it. He immediately nodded upon seeing the picture and said it was 7rmb each. This is the last stop on the bus, so don't jump off anywhere else. Besides they will motion to you when you are supposed to get off. This bus ride took 1-1/2 hours to get there. It has a handful of additional stops because it is a city bus, thus the additional time, but we were prepared for that and for the price, it didn't bother us the length of time. Once they let you off, follow the crowd though the main parking lot entrance towards the large statue of a Chinese Scholar. Past that, you will come to an intersection, turn right (the WC is just past this intersection if you want to hit that before going in-it's clean and cost 1rmb to use it-they will give you toilet paper) and you will see the turnstiles. Go through them (they aren't using them yet) you can continue to walk up to the entrance or you can take the trolley ride up to it. We used the trolley for 6rmb roundtrip because we thought it would save time. But, I suggest just paying 5rmb for one way because it does take a few minutes to walk there but when you leave, just walk because the trolley drops you off at a different place when you leave and it was barely a 3 minute walk to begin with. We felt kinda dumb taking the trolley back. To catch the 306 going back, just go back to where they dropped you off, cross the street, and walk just 500 feet or so, it will be on the left side of the road. They will do a u-turn and stop the bus at this place, jump off for a potty break and that's when you board. You can show them railway station to go back (most hotels have this on a card in Chinese or ask for it) It will cost another 7rmb. We loved it! Definitely the way to go if you don't want to go to all the other government run stores and eat at the restaurants along the way. (did that in the past and they are not that great). Plus, if you do want to see the sites along the way, you can jump on and off the bus (just pay a fare each time) and you can see the other touristy sites along the way to the soldiers.

37  Thank tillytunes
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Reviewed April 26, 2007

Some of the best photos must be of the Terracotta Army. One needs mcuh longer here than we spent. This complex has been designed from the start as an international tourist destination.

In late March the trees were *just* coming into blossom. We also had a perfect late spring day for our visit. Almsot *too* hot for someone from the UK. We arrived mid-morning.

I personally only visited Pit No 1 and the 360 degree cinema.

I don't know whether the 'Pits' have lifts to get one to the viewing platforms. I haven't been able to find this information 'on line'. The steps are steep and shallow, but there are handrails. Getting into Pit No 1 building as I always found with shallow steps (both in depth and width) very difficult without something or someone to hang onto. the light level inside the entrance area is also very low (naturally).

When one gets onto the platform which runs all round pit No 1 you have to look over a high railing. For most adults you're tall enough to get a sense of grandeur as you look way down to the bottom of the pit. For me : I was only just tall enough to look straight down on their heads. Trying to take a photo straight on to the rows wasn't going to work for me. I'm the average height of a 9 or 10 year old; tiptoes is the name of the game for children this height. :-)

Mid-morning and the sun is streaming in from the left side of the building. Being March the sun was quite low and a lot of the detail of the nearer warriors was 'bleached out'. By walking to the back of the pit where the sun hadn't reached, one got a much better idea of the impressiveness of the army. Those nearer the back of the pit still had a lot of their natural colour, and despite the distance between the platform and the horses there, because there aren't a lot of warriors at the back of the pit, one could easily see the markings on the horses.

Be warned if you go into the 360 degree cinema that the heat is appalling. Even the dya we were there it was enough to make you leave ASAP - and it wasn't a full viewing crush by any means. Because I wasn't very comfortable I didn't enjoy this at all. Nice on a very wet or cold day of course!

We were told in advance that if we bought a copy of the book written by one of the farmers who discovered the original warriors we could have it signed by him as he still sits inside the shop: he doesn't now allow photos of himself.

The shop was *heving* with visitors. There is definitely a premium price on the warriors sold there - but you get a certificte proving where they came from: also the materials they're produced in are better quality than those sold in hotel gift shops. But in reality they're not over-priced at all, coming in all sizes and also in 'sets'.

15  Thank ChrisMcMillan
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