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“very easy to do without a tour group”

The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
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Ranked #1 of 336 things to do in Xi'an
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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
Foshan, China
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“very easy to do without a tour group”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

This is at the top of everyones list of things to do when in Xian, and is worth the visit. There are 3 vaults to see as well as some artifacts on display.

Tour groups charge 210 rmb or more; the entrance price is 120rmb and the bus from the train station is 7rmb each way so it is much cheaper to do it yourself - and very easy. If you want a tour guide to enhance the experience you can hire one at the venue (I was offered the price of 100rmb for 2 hours instead of what she said was the usual price of 150 rmb as it was out of season - bargain if there is a group of you).

Get bus number 306 (also labelled as tourist bus number 5) from the east side of the train station. You will see coaches with the numbers on the front, just get on and pay the person who will come to you. January is out of season - there were no queues and I was only on the bus 5mins before it departed half empty. Other buses were lined up ready for other people who came along. It only took 55mins to get there, including a stop at Lintong. The bus stops in a small car park in front of shops - you can see the warriors car park through the fence...just go back to the sameplace when you want to leave - again I did not queue and the return journey was only 50mins.

When you buy your ticket (120rmb) be careful to check your change; mine was given in 5rmb notes and I was short changed by 10rmb. Next to the ticket booth is an entrance, but you cannot use this unless you buy a ticket for the electric car. When walking to the main ticket gate you have to walk along a 1km street of shops and resteraunts - it is well signposted and can have some interesting activity to see, so there is no need to pay for the electric car unless you have mobility problems. Keep your ticket safe as it will be checked again at another entrance across the park.

It is a large venue, well developed and easy to get around. There are plenty of toilets inside so only use the ones outside the entrance if you are desperate - they charge and are not as nice as those inside.

You only need a couple of hours for the visit. There are many eating places leading up to the entrance, but limited inside so I would recommend bring prepared with your own drinks and snacks.

January seems an ideal time to visit. I did not queue for buses or tickets and it did not feel crowded when I was viewing the warriors.

Visited January 2013
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“This is Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. It is amazing to think what man power it took to complete this (mandated?) undertaking. Being that is it still under excavation, it is quite dusty so if you have any allergies to dust or asthma, bring something to place over your mouth. I found the first building fascinating but the other 2 more repetitious of the previous and the dusty smell was giving me a head ache. The exiting store was much overpriced. You can purchase Terra Cotta replicas from local vendors for less than 10 yen if you like to barter. The farmer who discovered this site is frequently available for pictures at the store for a small sum.

Visited November 2012
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Truly amazing. Was phenomenal to see the Terracotta warriors and the bronze chariots. Highly recommend a visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Get there early”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

You will have your place to yourself the first hour or so after it opens at 830 am. The electric trams really aren't necessary from the parking lot - nice walk to and from.

Visited January 2013
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“Absolutely Awesome - just unreal”
Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We visited the Terracotta Warriors Museum and I was amazed. I had researched this and knew I wanted to visit but I didn't realise how big this place was.

The grounds are also wonderful although it was winter I could imagine what it would be like in the warmer months.

The warriors were just amazing and Bryan our guide was so knowledgeable it was even better because he explained everything which you wouldn't have known had he not been there.

This was one of my highlights of China and glad I made the choice to include to see.

A definite must see.

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