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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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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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2014

This attraction is spectacular. I'm wearing a Xian Warriors T shirt right now as I write this review.

The Chinese people were very smart when they first found this colossal collection of Chinese warriors and horses buried under the earth. To protect all of the pieces they constructed a huge domed enclosure over top of the find. It is several football fields in length which gives you an idea of just how huge the site really is.

It 's educational for children and adults. You'll never see anything else in the World quite like it. The Emperor had his people design thousands of these terracotta soldiers and bury them underground to protect him in the afterlife. One interesting fact is that none of the soldiers has the same looking face. Every head was made separate and placed atop of the terracotta soldiers. All of the faces have different expressions and facial appearances.

This museum site is very well planned out. In some areas they have left the broken pieces of the warriors just as they had been found. They are in many pieces.

In other areas you can see hundreds of warriors standing in rows and they are all full lifelike size figures.

The warriors used to be more colourful but after they are dug up the oxygen and air changes their colours to a more pale clay like quality.

You also get to see the differences in the rank of the soldiers. There are generals who have a certain look and dress while other ranks look different. The horses are very well done and lifelike. They even have some chariots that the hoses could pull.

There is a wonderful tea house on the premises. They sell beverages, some food items, and some interesting gift items. They have washroom facilities, an outdoor viewing pool and beautiful flowers to look at in Season.

This is a great exhibit to see on a rainy day as it is all enclosed. Even better on a sunny day as the grounds look pretty.

This is a spectacular display that you will not soon forget!

Visited April 2013
4 Thank Ken J
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Denham Springs, Louisiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Dream come true”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

I have wanted to see the real soldiers since I first heard about their discovery in the 70s. Each site is covered and protected by a building and they are awesome. When you enter the 1st site building it is like stepping back into time. Hundreds of soldiers and horses in the pits.

Visited March 2014
Thank Deborah Q
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Eagle River, Alaska
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“It's the whole reason to visit Xian”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had visited the Museum in 2000 when it was still located in the middle of nowhere. Now the city has grown and changed so much that getting to the warriors was not an adventure.

Everything was so changed and modern that we felt the impact of seeing the Warriors had diminished. You park in a big fancy parking lot and are taken to the entrance in golf carts. The intro movie which explained everything is no longer and you are simply thrust into a modern amphitheater looking down on the warriors. The two other buildings have warriors in glass cases, and while is educational and beautiful, it did not have the WOW factor.

I understand that the world has discovered China and that things change, however I am grateful to have visited 14 years ago when I felt a personal connection to the warriors.

Visited March 2014
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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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“Remarkable piece of history”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is one place that was on my bucket list! So happy that I was able to go there and check it off. It was absolutely remarkable - entering Pit 1 and standing there trying to take in the vastness of this amazing discovery - I couldn't help but have tears run down my face.

Visited March 2014
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Zelenograd, Russia
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“Really interesting”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

It's not just some place from must-see list, it really has an atmosphere.
Terracotta Warriors all has different faces, so you can walk and look at them for hours and it still will be interesting. There are many visitors inside, but the exhibition is well-organised.

Visited October 2013
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