Our group was small - just my three family members - so it was a very comfortable personal tour. We were picked up from our hotel at 1pm by our guide Michelle, a local. Her English was very understandable, despite not being her first language, and she was perfectly capable of conveying lots of interesting information about the surrounding area and the Terracotta Warriors themselves.
The Terracotta Warriors was crowded at 2pm that Tuesday, but not so crowded that we felt uncomfortable. We just had to be a bit patient and wait for the people to move away from the railings to get a nice clear view of the humungous viewing areas in all 3 pits.
The dumpling banquet was more for the fun of trying dumplings of different flavours and shapes, but not so much filling. Also, we were supposed to arrive by 6.30pm, even though the show which is in the same location only starts at 8pm. So, eat your dumplings slowly otherwise be sure to let a hostess know to save your table if you want to walk around outside.
The show itself was very nice, with a mix of dancing and music but bear in mind that this was all performed as if for the Emperor, i.e. a ONE person audience. So sitting dead centre tends to be better for viewing the dances. We especially enjoyed the two instrumental solos - the performers were really good and added a touch of humour.
Overall we had a really good time, and would most definitely recommend this tour.
the tour was wonderful. Michelle was a fantastic guide and her English was superb. She made the trip so much more enjoyable plus both she and the driver were so accomadating with how we wanted to personalize the trip. If I would do it again, I would definitely request this pair for our tour. Job well done. Thank you.
Oh my God! this was the reason we went to China to see the Warriors and we were not disappointed. By taking the tour it even made it better, we got filled in on all the History of how they were found and the area. We were not rushed thru the buildings and got to see everything we wanted to see. The Banquet and Show was a step back into traditional China, the food was great and the Show was amazing. Tour Guide again was exceptional.