This is why I went to China. Seriously. They are just as customized, tall, and intriguing as you've heard, and they are a must-see item in China. That said, I want to offer some tips/ insights about what you'll see so that you can have the best possible experience there:
1) The warriors are all in pits, kind of like a sunken football field. You walk on elevated sidewalks that look down into the pits, in a way that feels exactly like watching a game from the stands at a stadium. There are three locations to view them- one huge stadium where you get to see hundreds of uncovered warriors and two (military leader areas) which are basically still dirt mounds. Plan to spend most of your time in the main stadium.
2) Set expectations: With only a couple of clearly preserved exceptions, you can't really see the paint- it disappears after coming into contact with the air. Think Greek statues- a lot more white than had been intended.
3) It's worth getting a real guide. I went on a group tour and my guide provided no insights and basically told us to wander. As a result, I felt like I missed out on a lot of helpful information that could have made the trip spectacular- instead of seeing the nuances of the different expressions and the different positioning, I was totally naive about what was happening. As I had spent so much money to travel there, it would have been worth the extra money to get someone to give me those actual insights.
4) There's a tea house there where you can stop for a break, but the prices were extraordinarily high, even by Western standards, and the food looked close to inedible. Pack food with you for snacking.
It's totally an extraordinarily amazing and worthy venture- just be prepared!
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