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Visiting the Terracotta Warriors

By Viator, June 2015

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In 1974, local farmers digging a well near Xi’an, China made one of the most important archeological discoveries in history. What started as one life-sized statue of a clay warrior soon became an entire army of thousands, making Xi’an one of the most visited cities in China.

The terracotta warriors are thought to be part of an immense mausoleum that offers visitors a look into life and war in ancient China. More than 6,000 of these statues have been uncovered, but archeologists left them as is, covering the immense pits with buildings to keep them protected. When you visit the terracotta warriors, you’ll get to see all three excavation pits, as well as a museum housing two bronze chariots as well as some of the weapons uncovered during the excavation.

When visiting the terracotta warriors, you have several options to choose from. Most visitors spend an entire day exploring the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. On this full-day guided tour from Xi’an, you’ll not only see the warriors, but also stop at the 6,000-year-old Banpo ruins located outside the city. If you’re staying in Xi’an, you can easily combine your terracotta warrior tour with other local experiences, like a guided bike ride along the ancient Xi’an city walls or an afternoon of relaxation in a local hot springs spa.

If you’d rather explore the archeological site at your own pace, take a private tour that includes pickup and drop-off at either your hotel or the airport. If you’re really pressed for time, it’s even possible to see the terracotta warriors on a day trip from Shanghai. After catching a morning flight from Shanghai to Xi’an, you’ll have the whole day to walk the city walls and tour the terracotta warriors archeological site before flying back to Shanghai.

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