Terracotta Army Facts

Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army in Xi'an, aka Terracotta Warriors and Horses, is a super large collection of life-size terra cotta sculptures in battle formations, reproducing the mega imperial guard troops of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 - 210BC), the first emperor of the first unified dynasty of Imperial China.

Being the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Terracotta Army is no doubt a must-see for every visitor to Xi'an.

Originally the ancient funerary project for Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the Terracotta Warriors China are now displayed in a live museum built on the site, officially named Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, showing the life stories of the emperor and the once powerful Qin Empire (221 – 207BC) in those days of pomp and vigor.

Terracotta Army Facts

 10 Amazing Facts You didn't Know

 History – over 2,200 years

 Chronicle – 246 BC to today

 Discovery – by local famers, in 1974

 Who Built the Terracotta Warriors?

 How the Terracotta Warriors were Made

 World Leaders & Celebrities Who Have Visited the Terracotta Army

 Overseas Exhibitions

Terracotta Army Visitor Guide

 Xi'an 1-Day Terracotta Warrior Tours from $59
 3-Day Private Xi'an Tour from $249
 8-Day Beijing / Xi'an / Shanghai Small Group Tour from $1109

 How to Tour the Terracotta Army – Day tour plan for independent travelers

What to See

1. Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses

 Insider's Suggestion:    MUST-SEE, 2 to 4 hours

It contains 3 major pits tagged in the order of their discoveries and the Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall.

 Pit 1:   the largest; found in 1974 and opened to the public on Oct. 1st, 1979. There is the vanguard in three rows followed by a massive battle array of infantry and war chariots.

 Pit 2:   found in 1976; 20 meters northeast of No. 1 Pit. It is the most spectacular one for the variety of divisions including infantry, crossbow team, cavalry, and 80 chariots.

 Pit 3:   found in 1976; 25 meters northwest of No. 1 Pit. It was the command post of the armed forces, with 68 warriors and a chariot led by four horses.

2. Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park (Lishan Garden)

 Insider's Suggestion:   extra 2 hours, for slow paced travelers, in-depth visit

centering on the burial mound of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, with several Accessory Pits around, including:

 Pit K0006 – Civil Official Figures

 Pit K0007 – Bronze Aquatic Birds (not open yet)

 Pit K9801 – Stone Armor and Helmets (not open yet)

 Pit K9901 – Acrobatics Figures

1. The tourist bus line 5 (306) runs from the east square of Xi'an Railway Station to Terracotta Warriors Museum in one hour, costing CNY 7 per person.
2. Bus 307 runs from Tang City Wall Zone 9 Bus Station to the museum in 1.5 hours and costs CNY 8 per person, passing by Tang Paradise, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Banpo Museum Bus Hub, and Huaqing Pool.
3. A taxi from downtown Xi'an to the museum takes 40-50 minutes and costs about CNY 150.

How to get to Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an Airport

1. Take airport shuttle bus to Xi'an Railway Station in one hour, and then take tourist bus line 5 (306) to the museum in another one hour.
2. Take airport shuttle bus to Lintong in one hour, and then take bus Lintong 101 to the museum in 20 minutes.
3. A taxi from Xi'an Airport to Terracotta Army takes 70 minutes and costs about CNY 200.

How to get to Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an North Railway Station

1. Free shuttle buses run between North Railway Station and the museum. A single journey takes one hour.
2. Taxi: 1 hour; about CNY 160.

How to get to Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an / Beijing / Shanghai

Ticket Price

CNY 120
1. The fare is for the through ticket of Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, including the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park (Lishan Garden), and the shuttle bus between the two spots available from 8:30 to 18:30.
2. Visitors need to show identity cards or passports when buying tickets and entering the museum.

Audio Guide Rent: CNY 40 per person; Deposit: CNY 100
Opening Hours March 16 to November 15: 8:30 - 18:00, ticketing stops at 17:00;
November 16 to March 15: 8:30 - 17:30, ticketing stops at 16:30.
Time for a Visit 3 hours

Further Reading

About the Master of Terracotta Army China - Qin Shi Huang

Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13, Emperor Qin Shi Huang had begun to prepare for his mausoleum. Taking 11 years to finish, the mausoleum is speculated to house many treasures and sacrificial objects. The most amazing masterpiece should be the Terracotta soldiers guarding the emperor in his life after death.

 Military Formation           Weaponry

Features of Statues

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- Last modified on Apr. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Asked by Kris from USA | Apr. 13, 2019 09:08Reply
We arrive at Xi’an North Railway station at 12:47 on April 30
and would like to use the free bus to Terracotta Warriors. Is it possible to buy our tickets quickly and catch the 1pm bus? Where do we go to buy tickets and get on bus? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Ethan from DENMARK | Apr. 16, 2019 23:03

I am afraid that the time is not enough for you to take the 13:00 bus. You can find the entrance tickets of the scenic area at the tourist center inside the North Railway Station. After arriving, you can easily find the place based on the English signs.
Asked by Nur from MALAYSIA | Mar. 27, 2019 00:43Reply
Any bus from Terracota Army museum to Huashan?
Hi, I would like to go to Terracota Army museum in the morning, and head to Huashan in the evening (will overnight there).
Can you advise what is the best way to go to Huashan from Terracota Army museum? Is it compulsory to go back to Xi'an and only go the Huashan?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 29, 2019 02:29

The most convenient transportation is go back to the city and then take a high speed train from Xi'an North to Huashan. From the Main Railway Station to Xi'an North, you can walk south about 800m to take Metro Line 4 to Xingzheng Zhongxin and then transfer to MTR Line 2 to Beikezhan. After that, you can get to the station.
Asked by Aiman from MALAYSIA | Mar. 19, 2019 07:56Reply
Bus back to Xi'an Railway Station/city from Terracotta Army will use the same Bus 306?
How about the frequency of the return bus?
Answers (2)
Answered by Lisa from CANADA | Mar. 19, 2019 20:40

Yes, you can take the same 306 and the frequency is about 10 minutes.
Answered by Aiman from MALAYSIA | Mar. 21, 2019 19:33

Thank you so much!
Asked by Peter from USA | Mar. 03, 2019 09:08Reply
Can foreigners purchase Terracotta Army tickets online?
or they have to show their passports at the ticket office?
I was trying to purchase the tickets online, but I see that a Chinese ID is required. Are the tickets issued to the name on the ID, or can I ask somebody in China to purchase them for me online and I will just pick them from the ticket office?
Answers (1)
Answered by Natalie from FINLAND | Mar. 04, 2019 01:45

I am afraid that it will be complicated for you to book the tickets online. You are advised to purchase the ticket when you arriving at the scenic area by showing your passport.
Asked by linda from SWEDEN | Feb. 27, 2019 13:42Reply
Day trip from Beijing to Terracotta Army
Is it possible to take the high speed train on a monday morning, visit the museum and return to Beijing on that same day?
Answers (1)
Answered by Abigail from CANADA | Feb. 27, 2019 19:36

Well, the time is not enough. The suggested sightseeing time is around half a day.
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