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clock-o6 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English


If you’re traveling to Xi’an by rail and want to see the Terracotta Warriors the same day, this 6-hour tour is ideal. When your train arrives, hop inside an air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. After viewing the life-size soldiers, visit a crafts factory to see the figurines being made and purchase souvenirs. Finish with a restaurant lunch before a drop-off at your downtown Xi’an hotel.
  • 6-hour Terracotta Warrior Museum visit from Xi’an train station
  • See the ancient clay army at the UNESCO-protected Terracotta Warrior Museum
  • View the vast pits of life-size sculptures, buried in about 210 BC with China’s first emperor
  • See the different types of soldiers arranged in battle formation
  • Visit a craft factory to see how the warriors were made and purchase souvenirs (own expense)
  • Includes entrance fee and lunch at a local Chinese restaurant
  • Air-conditioned transport, with Xi’an train station pickup and downtown hotel drop-off included
When your train arrives at Xi’an railway station, meet your guide and enjoy an air-conditioned transfer to the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, located on the city’s outskirts.

As you travel, gaze at Xi’an's bustling streets and hear snippets from your guide about the extraordinary terracotta army, whose life-size warrior figurines were accidentally discovered by peasant farmers in 1974.

One of the world’s greatest archaeological finds, the clay army consists of more than 7,000 sculptures of soldiers and hundreds of horses and chariots, and was buried alongside China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang in about 210 BC, to accompany him in the afterlife.

On arrival, view the warriors and horses arranged in battle formations in their earthen pits. Different pits contain different types of figures, from archers to musicians, acrobats, and strongmen. In the main vault, the figures are ranked in 11 columns of officers, soldiers holding spears and swords, and others driving horse-pulled chariots, all as if ready for the next battle.

If time allows, move on from the pits to see other museum exhibits, including displays of artifacts and a film telling the story of the mausoleum.

Having explored here, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant and then continue to a Xi’an arts and craft factory. Watch skilled artisans carve out miniaturized versions of the terracotta warriors, and if you wish, purchase some as mementoes (own expense).

Finally, hop back inside your air-conditioned vehicle and conclude your tour with a drop-off at your downtown Xi’an hotel.


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, Oct 2017

We had one day in Xian and this tour made it convenient and possible to see the Terra-cotta warriors without any hassle. Our tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable on the Warriors and all the exhibits. The only thing I would change is the place you get food, the tea tasting is nice even though they try to pressure you to buy the tea and supplies afterwards, the food was just ok, it was like getting Chinese food from an okay place in the U.S. its just bland and unexciting, also you don't order it yourself, your guide does.

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