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Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum

Historically known as Lishan Garden, the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang is the  the largest imperial tomb in China with the richest buried objects. In February, 2009, the local bureau of cultural heritage finally declared the establishment of Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum. The new site area retains the Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang and has a newly built Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park (Lishan Garden) based on the discoveries from the mausoleum of the emperor.

Qin Clay Soldiers in Pit 1
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 Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
The Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses is located 37km east of Xian city proper. The pits of terra-cotta warriors and horses first discovered in 1974 were one of the biggest  contemporary archeological discoveries. With large scale, great quantity, unsurpassed technique and artistic value, the museum has brightened every visitor’s eye since its opening. Every year, millions of visitors came here, including many heads of foreign states and governments. It is the most well-known name card of Xian City and the first temptation for visitors to this city.

 Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park (Lishan Garden)
With an area of 226 hektares (about 558 acres), this site park was opened to the public on October 1, 2010. It contains the tumulus of Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum, major architectural sites that have been discovered, ritual sacrifice pits, the Museum of Terracotta Acrobatics, Museum of Terracotta Civil Officials, Museum of Stone Armor and Museum of Bronze Chariot and Horse.

The site park means to protect the relics to the greatest extent as it laid over the past two thousand years. The archeologists have discovered the inner and outer wall of Qin Shi Huang’s tomb.
Qin Shihuang Mausoleum Site Park
 Pictures of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's
Mausoleum Site Park
The site is sealed by earth and the walls are marked on the ground by evergreen plants. Similar measure will apply to other sites that have been discovered. The pit of Terracotta Civil Officials was first discovered in early 2000 in the southwest corner of the tumulus. Unlike other pits, this one wasn’t burnt. A small fraction of artifacts were excavated, including terra-cotta warriors, wooden chariot, weapons and horse skeletons. From the decorations worn on the warriors, the pit was defined as the pit of civil officials, resembling the department in charge of prison and justice in the Qin court. After mildew-proofing treatment, the backfill protection was conducted on the pits of Civil Officials and Terracotta Acrobatics. The museums built on the pits allow tourists to visit and view archaeological excavation at the same time.

The underground palace is the core of Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. To answer the public concern if the underground palace would be opened, the curator of the site park once expressed his principles, protection and respect. Leave that exactly as it is, now and in the future, as we all hope there is one day that people can use advance technology to see the underground clearly without disturbing the endless sleeping soul.

The newly built site park is six times larger than the previous main reserve area. There are some 30 tourist buses shuttling on the 1.5km highway between the Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang and Lishan Garden and battery vehicles inside the garden. In the square north to the tumulus, a 15-minute dance show will help you back to the Qin Empire. The trough ticket includes all the museums, sites, bus and car rides. The tumulus in the open air is not allowed to climb.
Lishan Garden
Entrance of Lishan Garden
Shuttle buses in Site Park
Shuttle buses in Site Park

 Supplementary readings: 
 Map of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum
 City Walls to Protect Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum
 Excavation of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum
 Hot Topics on Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum
Through Ticket:

March 1 - end of November: CNY150
December 1 - end of Februay: CNY120
The fare  is for the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum Through Ticket including the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Lishan Garden and shuttle buses inside the scenic area.

Ticket Selling Hours: March 16 to November 15: sell ticket from 08:30 to 17:00, stop check-in at 18:35; 
November 16 to next March 15: sell ticket from 08:30 to 16:30, stop check-in at 18:05
Time for a Visit:
Three hours
Transportation to Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses