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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 333 things to do in Xi'an
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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.
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had really been looking forward to this trip and we weren't disappointed. We decided to book with a tour and we were glad we did. The tour guide knew all the best spots and told us lots about the history. It also only worked out 30yuan more then getting the two public buses. People had mentioned to us that the overall experience was disappointing as it wasn't as vast as they expected. We couldn't disagree more. For us seeing some of the warriors completed and some of them still in pieces was amazing. It allowed you to fully understand the work that the archeologist are doing. It's much better to do the pits in reverse order. There are 3 in all with Pit 1 being the main one. Try to do pit 3, 2 then 1 so you can get the full wow factor. We also went to watch the movie explaining it all at the end which was worthwhile.

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Must see! Truly amazing the size of these pits. So interesting. Loved the archer! Loved the whole museum complex. This is a wonder, no photo, documentary, or article can describe this site. It has to be seen with your own eyes! Take a guide, meet the farmer and get his autograph.

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Awe-inspiring adventure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The government has done a bang-up job of presenting the Terracotta Warriors in a setting that is worthy of them. With almost 40,000 visitors a day, they have the ticketing process refined and streamlined. The farmer who found the pieces of a warrior back in the mid-70's was paid 30 yuan for his discovery, but now has a cushy job in the visitors center in the ticket pavillion signing guidebooks and posing for pictures with tourist -- for a fee, of course. From the ticket pavillion, you can take a trolley bus to the pits (5 yuan extra), but hold on! The drivers like to race each other, and careen around corners and pass each other with abandon. (I guess it gets boring ferrying tourists back and forth!)

When we visited in mid-July, there were a LOT of visitors and tour groups, Quickly move to the left or the right when you first enter Pit 1 -- everyone seems to congregate at that top railing just inside the door to look out over the warriors (it is a show-stopper), and people can be 3 or 4 deep as they try to get pictures of the warriors as well as pictures of "me and the warriors". You get a closer view from the sides, just a few steps to the left or right. The back of the exhibition area is a continuing archeological site, and while there is a placard near the equipment that says "No Photos", it is not enforced at all.

Pit 1 is about the size of two football fields, and is completely enclosed. (It can get stuffy in the summer, but standing by the frequent exits along the side will catch a breeze). Pit 2 has officers and horses that have been unearthed, and Pit 3 has some examples that have been glassed in for closer inspection.

Instead of a trolley back, you walk back (shorter distance than the drive) passing NUMEROUS stands selling terracotta warrior replicas, jewelry, stuffed animals, etc. There was a charming tea shop that was a nice break from the crowds, along with other eateries, etc. The whole area at the exit was rather shamelessly commercial, and after the reverence with which the warriors and the discovery of the site was treated, it's a little jarring. One of the pesky aspects of the tour was the incessent sellers of warrior figurines. There's a small box that contains four or five figures. When you first enter the building, the cost is 300 yuan -- by the time you are leaving the exit gate, the price has fallen to 5 yuan. :-) We were probably approached by at least 15-20 young men wanting to sell us figurines, some of them quite persistent. (One, after following us for 20 or 30 yeards, I had to finally turn around, glare at him and yell "NO!" before he finally backed off.)

Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“really interesting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We really enjoyed our visit here. We had a guide which helped give more background than what was provided on-site. As we entered she took us through a gift shop (go figure) but surprise, surprise she introduced us to the farmer who found the terra cotta soldiers. That was a great surprise!

The crowds are as everywhere in China, but manageable due to the large open spaces at each pit. This is just a really cool site and something every visitor to CHina ought to see!

Visited July 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“No words to describe....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The sight of dozens and dozens and dozens of terracotta warriors, each unique, each greatly-detailed, is astounding. Perhaps the only thing to top the warriors are the horses. Magnificent! This collection takes your breath away and leaves you speechless. Not sure which is more impressive...the incredible workmanship of the original artisans or the patient, painstaking reconstruction work of today's archeologists. Plan a trip to Xi'an solely for this visit to the warriors, and plan to stay sufficient time in the various pavilions to be able to appreciate the immensity of this work.

Visited June 2013
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