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“Awe-inspiring site... A must see in China!”

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 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
Los Altos, California
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“Awe-inspiring site... A must see in China!”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

The story of the terra cotta soldiers, how they came to be there, how they got discovered, and the way they have been preserved and are being restored is a site not to be missed on any visit to China. It takes about 3 hours to see the whole site, and a one hour car ride from Xian each way. Well worth it, even if you are not particularly interested in archeology. The way the government has chosen to showcase this discovery is quite modern and western in many ways.

Visited June 2013
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

The excavation site is very large and only 30-40% of excavations are yet completed. I watched the national geographic documentary on PBS but nothing prepares for this in reality: the detail , the individualized features, the colors on newly restored objects. ( Initially the lacquered layer of paint disappeared as soon as the fragments were brought into the air and dried up. This has now been prevented by a new technique and makes the impression so much more alive -like).

Visited May 2013
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Definitely worth a vist!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Of course if your coming to Xi'an the chances are you already have the Terracotta Army on your radar! It's definitely worth seeing anyway if it isn't! I would recommend on visiting the Pits in a different order though, if you do the 2nd and 3rd first and then do the 1st pit last as of course you would be saving the most spectacular until last. If you went to the them in order I guess you would be a little underwhelmed with the last 2 :)!

Visited June 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“The best thing I saw in 2 weeks in China!”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Absolutely amazing...every warrior is unique. Nothing quite like this anywhere in the world. Make sure you have a tour guide who can explain to you the story behind the warriors.

Visited May 2013
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

A spectacular view of carving of statutues in true replica and life size form . Its amazing to see the details through which care was taken to emphasize the minutest details .The amazing thing is that they took care to carve it in such a way that there are holes in each statue so that the air can circulate to avoid any deformity which could have been caused due to indifference in outside temperature .It is said it was coloured in true identity of soldiers as all faces are different .It was coloured as well but the exposure to oxygen in air has caused reactions which faded away the original colour.It was buried deep in the ground as was supposed to be the emperor's army which would come alive in his next world .The soldiers are arranged in rows and posed as though ready for attack . Truly a great art and a sad history .It is said all artists were killed to keep the secret .It was discovered only recently when a farmers body was being buried and one of he statues was dug out . A must attraction for all those who love art .

Visited February 2013
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