The Terracotta Warriors and Horses really is one of the wonders of the world (actually, it’s officially the 8th world wonder). You couldn’t say that this site was a must visit on a trip to Xi’an as it possible the reason that many people come to China in the first place.
To date, more than 8,000 soldiers and 10,000 bronze weapons have been revealed at the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang. Amazingly there is still so much that has yet to be excavated including the actual emperor’s tomb which many speculate to hold untold treasure and ancient wonder.
Emperor Qin Shihuang is a mighty figure in Chinese history due to his legacy of uniting all the warring states. Just as mighty, is the legacy of his mausoleum that was built over 38 years containing a life-size recreation of his army and much more.
There are three sites to visit here inc. Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses (where the 3 pits are containing the warrior statues and horses), the Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall, and via a short ride on a free shuttle bus, the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum (the actual mound where beneath lies the unopened emperor’s tomb). In total, you can easily spend 4 hours here.
Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses
It contains 3 major pits
Pit 1: the largest; found in 1974 and containing three rows of soldiers backed by further infantry and war chariots.
Pit 2: found in 1976 containing a variety of divisions including 80 chariots, crossbow team, cavalry, and infantry.
Pit 3: found in 1976 containing warriors and a chariot led by four horses.
Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall
Featuring No 1 and No 2 Chariots, which were found near the emperor’s tomb. Both chariots have four horses constructed with lead, bronze and adorned with gold, One set of horses is pulling a chariot guarded by two coachmen, the other with a coachman at the helm.
Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum
The mysterious unopened tomb. Speculation abounds as to what may be inside. Today you can visit pits which have been unearthed near the tomb
Pit K0006: unearthed in 2000 it’s a small pit featuring Civil servants
Pit K9901: unearthed in 1999 it features performing artists or Acrobatics Figures.
March 16 to November 15: 8:30 – 18:00
November 16 to March 15: 8:30 – 17:30
Ticket Price (take your passport as its required to show ID)
March to November: CNY150
December to February: CNY120
Ticket price includes Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Park, and the shuttle bus in between.
How to get to the Terracotta Warriors Museum
Take the tourist bus line 5 (306) from the east square of Xian Railway Station to its final stop which is the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Cost 7 RMB Time 1 hr
Take a taxi from central Xian to the Terracotta Warriors Museum (CN: 秦兵马俑). Cost 160 RMB Time 50 min
There’s not much near the Terracotta Warriors site, most stay in central Xi’an and it’s about 40km drive from the center of the city.
Terracotta Warriors and Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum Map (click for larger image)
Terracotta Warriors location Map