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Best Time to Visit Terracotta Warriors Museum

As an indoor museum, the Terracotta Warriors Museum is suitable to visit all year round. However the best time to visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum during the year is from March to May in Spring and September to October in Autumn as the weather is quite pleasant these times of the year. For a comfortable and easy tour and to avoid the crowds, you are advised to avoid visiting in the holidays. The hours before 10:00 and lunch time also receive fewer tourists and you can pay a visit at leisurely pace.

Best Seasons/Months to Visit - Mar. to May in Spring & Sep. to Oct. in Autumn

The best months to visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum are from March to May, and September to October because the climate is neither hot nor cold. As a grand indoor museum, a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses should be scarcely affected by weather, and it is open to the public all year round. However, from November to March, it is cold and dry in Xi'an and from June through to August, the summer is typically very hot, which may make you feel uncomfortable outdoors. Budget travelers may find that the middle of November to the middle of March is a good time to visit as it is the low season and when the entrance fee of Terracotta Army is lower.  

Best Days to Visit - Non-holiday Days

As an Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Army are popular home and abroad and receive many visitors each day. During holidays, it always receive much more visitors than usual, making the scenic spot crowded. On normal days, half a day or even 2-3 hours is enough time to observe the terracotta soldiers and horses. During public holidays, one whole day may be spent for the Terracotta Warriors sightseeing, also taking into consideration lining up for the bus ride (306) to the museum, buying your entry ticket, and going through ticket check. Even after you enter the scenic area, you may need to line in the queue for entering the Terracotta Warrior pits.
Terracotta Warriors Museum during Holidays Terracotta Army on Usual Days
During the three-day Dragon Boat Festival from June 7-9 in 2019, a total of 90,677 tourists visited the museum. Such is the popularity of this attraction, it has seen a year-on-year growth of 26.97%, the increase in numbers likely to be influenced by “Golden Week” from October 1-7. Statistics show that over 452 thousand persons were received by the museum in the Chinese National Day of 2019 while the maximum number of visitors permitted is only 65,000 each day.

Best Hours to Visit - Before 10:00 & Lunch Time

The best time to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum during the day should be prior to 10:00 in the morning and early afternoon or around lunch time. The reason for this is that the large flow of tourists haven’t arrived yet before 10:00 and the majority of them have left for lunch in the early afternoon. This then gives you enough time to tour leisurely and comfortably. If the trip is over by noon, the rest of the day is available for you to have a look at the nearby Huaqing Pool or explore the city of Xi'an.

Further Reading: How to Visit Terracotta Army - A Comprehensive Visitor's Guide
- Last updated on Jun. 28, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Best Time to Visit Terracotta Warriors Museum
Asked by Emma from UK | Jan. 13, 2020 13:13Reply
We have unfortunately booked our international flights to China for Golden Week (non-refundable)
And will be in Xi'an from 1- 4 October 2020. Does anyone have any advice on visiting the Terracotta Warriers during this period - really worried about the trip now given the numbers who visited in 2019. Thank you.
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Answered by Gina from CANADA | Jan. 15, 2020 17:31

Sorry can't help you. It is not suggested to go to Terracotta Warriers during Golden Week because you can't imagine how many people you will encounter.
Asked by Karin from AUSTRIA | Jan. 12, 2020 03:18Reply
Chinese New Year 2020: Has the terra cotta museum opened the whole festival period?
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Answered by Rita from CANADA | Jan. 12, 2020 17:33

Yes, it opens all year round. And in this spring festival, it opens from 8:30 to 17:30.
Asked by Sasinee C. from THAILAND | Nov. 19, 2019 23:18Reply
If I plan to visit this place early Feb 2020. Is it during chinese new year break?
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Answered by Beverly from FINLAND | Nov. 20, 2019 23:40

Yes, thus you are suggested to visit during the middle of February.
Asked by Amalie from DANMARK | Oct. 19, 2019 07:42Reply
Is Terracotta Warriors Museum open on Mondays, and which hours?
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Answered by Gina from CANADA | Oct. 21, 2019 02:53

March 16th - November 15th: 8:30-17:00;
November 16th - March 15th: 8:30-16:30.
Asked by Melisa Banegas from COSTA RICA | Aug. 19, 2019 19:41Reply
How much is the entrance fee to the Terracotta Warriors Museum?
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Answered by Kenny from CANADA | Aug. 21, 2019 20:15

It is CNY120.
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