Emperor Qin's Mausoleum Tours

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While the terra cotta warriors have been mostly excavated, their entombed emperor has been resting undisturbed in his mausoleum of underground caverns for over two millennia. Emperor Qin Shi Huang, born in 259 B.C., was China’s first emperor. He conquered six warring kingdoms, joined them and created the first unified nation of China – something no one had managed before. When he died, Qin was buried with the usual artifacts and even live people such as concubines, armies and servants, which was a custom at the time and supposed to be useful in the afterlife. Additionally, and maybe most famously, he was also buried with their clay replicas.  

The mausoleum is part of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park, which includes a garden, the museum with the terracotta warriors and horses, and Quin’s tomb itself, which can so far only be imagined. Geological surveys prove that the opulent mausoleum is bigger than the Great Pyramid, consisting of a whole underground city resembling the city plan of the ancient capital Xianyang and including a massive palace, pavilions and offices. According to ancient writings, there are believed to be additional pits with the models of concubines, ceilings mimicking the sky and stars and imitations of the region’s rivers made of mercury. The unexcavated mausoleum is located to the west of his famous terracotta soldiers and it is not known, when and if China will allow an excavation. Doing so would not only endanger the treasures hidden and expose them to the elements, making them lose their color like the terracotta warriors, but soil samples have also indicated dangerously high levels of mercury.  

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Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum is located about 35 kilometers east of Xian in the suburbs of Lintong County, easily accessible by public bus from Xian. Take either the Tourist Line 5, which departs from the east square of the Xian Railway Station, or bus number 307 from the south gate to the correct stop named Bing Ma Yong. Ticket sales are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer months and until 4:30 p.m. from November until March. The last entrance is at 6:35 p.m. in the summer and 6:05 p.m. in winter.
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Terra Cotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall Bus Tour from Xi'an

Take a full-day coach tour to see the Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses Museum, and the Xi'an City Walls, two of the highlights of Xi’an. In the morning, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mausoleum complex where hundreds of Terracotta Warriors are displayed. In the afternoon, have lunch and visit the ancient Xi'an City Walls, which remain remarkably well-preserved.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Xi'an 1-Day Bus Tour of Terracotta Army

Xian’s historical appeal extends far beyond its UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors. With this full-day bus tour, save time waiting in ticket lines at four area attractions, and take a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum as well as a reproduction factory where you can see how the statues were made. You’ll also have time to visit the Banpo Museum, Huaqing Palace, and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi.
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Small Group Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum From Xi'an

Enjoy an in-depth immersion into the world of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, on this guided door-to-door tour that covers so much more than just the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Visit the terracotta warriors excavations, Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum, and a workshop that makes real life terracotta warriors. Along the way, enjoy an authentic local lunch at a carefully chosen restaurant.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Xi'an Coach Tour: Discover Terracotta Warriors and Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum

On this tour to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, your guide walks you through every part of the exhibit, providing detailed information as you go. Transportation via air-conditioned coach is included from Xian for effortless planning—it’s the easiest way to visit the Terracotta Warriors in just one day.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour: 5-Day Xi'an Historical Monuments and Xiamen Tree Lined Beach Tour

Explore the historical sites and natural beauty of Xi’an and Xiamen on a 5-day private tour. In Xi’an, visit the Terracotta Warriors and Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum — a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Xi’an City Wall, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. After two nights, fly to Xiamen where you see the famous South Putuo Temple from the Tang dynasty, explore the coast of Gulang Island and stop at Hulishan Fortress, then journey to remarkable Fujian Tolou (Nanjing Tulou), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Xian Terracotta Warriors and VIP Access to Tang Dynasty Murals Private Tour

View some of China’s most precious historical treasures on this private 8-hour tour from Xian. Visit the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum to admire the individually carved soldiers, sculpted in the 3rd century BC. Then, after a Chinese lunch, admire the famous tomb murals of Tang dynasty royals and nobles at the Shaanxi History Museum. Your tour includes entrance fees, private transportation, and central Xian hotel pickup and drop-off.
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2-day Most Flexible Private Xian Complete Tour

Want to have a complete tour of Xian which has a lot to offer more than just the world renowned Terracotta Warriors? Then you shall look into this ultimate tour. It is the most flexible tour and makes sure you cover up to 6 sites of your own choice to see in this old capital of China. It's an one-tour-fits-all tour with maximum flexibility.
  • Duration: 2 days
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