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The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
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Half-Day Private Tour of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Ranked #1 of 335 things to do in Xi'an
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is a magnificent site, perhaps the most interesting in China. We went in December and had the place virtually to ourselves. It's cold inside the museum, so dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. If you read a little online before going you won't need a guide. I arranged for a car and driver from the Sofitel which insured a smooth coming and going, 600 RMB for the trip. You'll be very sorry if you try to visit this museum in peak season, it will be a madhouse, and you'll be bumped and jostled and not see much. We were able to linger, move at our own pace, and just really enjoy everything.

2  Thank Rich M
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Our visit to the terra-cotta warriors was a dream come true. I have never experienced history this close before. The visit is a must if you are visiting china. Xian is a 2-3 hours plane ride from Shnaghai or Beijing. Xian is a quaint friendly city in the middle of china mainland wrapped by the fortress walls. The warrior site is about an hour or so away. Its all covered to not to worry about weather. You can take pictures but no flash. We also met the farmer who accidentally dug the site and he signs the cards or books if you want. Take an english speaking guide and you are golden as you will know the rich history of the place.

2  Thank DrVAhluwalia
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is one of the most awe-inspiring sites you could ever see. We travelled in November which was cold but the museum was spectacular with a walkway around an impressive array of excavated warriors & horses. We had a local guide (a great idea) who gave us background then left us to wander around the 4 pits (one is empty). There is a surround cinema with reconstructions of the manufacture of the warriors. We also went to a factory where we were shown how the warriors were made (supposedly the only authentic factory). There were lots of pottery models to buy plus an enormous array of beautiful furniture. The warriors were a monument to one man - China's first emperor. Hundreds of thousands died during construction over 37 years & I think he bankrupted the country in that time so there was a rebellion after he died. There is a great story after he died involving fish - check it out. You can purchase a book concerning the warriors signed by the man who found them in 1974.

4  Thank JayDeeBee1950
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Until you actually walk into the giant sheds(?) you can't begin to describe the enormousness of this site. To see and walk around this site is amazing. There were excavations taking place while we were wandering around. The whole area has been very well set up for the tourist trade with all 3 of the pits under cover and protecting this discovery.Is is a must see for any one even slightly interested in hitory. We purchased a book and had it signed by one of the brothers who while digging a well discovered this site.

1  Thank Pumpkin20
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Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

A visit to china can be very dissapointing for someone who expects to see one of the world's oldest civilizations. Most cities like guangzhou, shanghai, shenzen, etc have almost no historical sights to see. Xian is the one exception. The terracotta warriors are incredible - a real insight into ancient china. The sight of hundreds of lifelike warriors ready for battle is awe inspiring. If there is one place you visit in china, make it xian. And also cover the mausolem of emperor quin which is nearby. Together, it will be the best day you will spend in china.

1  Thank Ashish P
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