The 1974 discovery of thousands of life-sized Terracotta Warriors near Xian was one of the archeological sensations of the 20th century. The figures date from 210 BC and were meant to guard the first emperor of China in the afterlife.
A huge statue of the emperor now guards the entrance to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, undeniable high point of any trip to Xian. To avoid disturbing these priceless treasures, they were left in situ with enormous structures now shielding them from the elements.
Three enormous pits are filled with row upon row of these remarkable effigies, with the first pit alone holding some 6,000 examples in excellent condition. There is a fourth exhibition space which holds other pieces found here, including bronze horses and chariots.
Review by Maurice S, April 2013
Doing what: Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an
Had a very good english speaking guide, a very interesting tour, not to be missed and a nice lunch. well worth the money.
Review by Anonymous, April 2013
Doing what: Small-Group Tour to the Terracotta Warriors and Hot Springs Spa from Xi’an
Review by Claudio F, April 2013
Doing what: 3-Day Private Tour of Xi'an and Beijing from Shanghai by Air
Wonderful. Care to everything in ita mimimal details and knowlegeable guides !!!
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum is north-west of Xian, near the community of Lintong. The tourist bus number 5 will take you there from Xian Railway Station; journey time approximately 1 hour.