Avoiding Traps - Stay Away from Fake Terracotta Army
|Entrance to Real Terracotta Army Museum|
The fake tourist bus no.5 (306) may not only take you to the fake Terracotta Army, but also some other artificial sites such as “Eight Wonders of the World”, “Underground Palace of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum”, as well as jade shops and other souvenir stores to stole money from you.
Trap 1: Fake Tourism Bus No.5 (306) or Illegal Taxi
The tourist bus no. 5 (306) runs between Xian Railway Station and Terracotta Warriors and Horses daily from 07:00 to 19:00. Its boarding point is in the east square of the train station. However around the square, you may meet someone in uniform who greets you proactively and claims that she/he can take you to the Terracotta Army. Don’t trust those people as they are swindlers. Usually, the regular bus conductors don’t leave their shuttle bus to canvass passengers. Just find the normal bus 306 with grey appearance on your own or ask for help from policemen. After getting on the real tourist bus, you will be required to pay ticket fare onboard. You’d be required to buy tickets before boarding if you meet the frauds. When traveling in peak seasons, you might need to line up to board the tourism bus No. 5. Please note that there is no queue in front of those counterfeit vehicles.
If you plan to go there by taxi, taking a taxi from downtown Xian would help avoid the traps occurred at railway station. Remember to hail the regular green taxi and ask for receipt. It may cost CNY150 for a single trip and the duration is about 40 to 50 minutes.
Upon arrival at the parking lot outside Terracotta Army, you might be interrupted by some local villages. They may give you a discount of the entrance ticket. Some people would tell you there is no terracotta figurines and horses in the museum, and you need to take their ride to real the authentic Terracotta Army. Just ignore those people. If there is a regular tour group next you, you can follow them, and walk for around 500 meters (550 yards) to find the gate of the authentic Terracotta Army.
Trap 2: Kind Persons around the Parking Lot of Terracotta Army
There are three main pits and an exhibition hall opening to the public in real Terracotta Warriors Museum at present. As the largest one, the Pit 1 covers an area of 16,000 square meters (19,136 square yards). The only exhibition hall inside the fake museum is merely as large as three basketball courts. The fake one is about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to the west of the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, and it can be seen on the way from downtown to the real Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The ticket fare of the authentic terracotta warriors and horses is CNY150 from March to November, and CNY120 from December to February. It is a through ticket enabling you to have a look at three main pits, the exhibition hall, Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum and a few accessary pits. While the copied site’s ticket is CNY128/person for one exhibition hall only. After being lured to this private tourist site, you will find copies of terracotta warriors with colorful faces, Qin Shi Huang’s coffin and so displayed within this place. The colors on most of the real terracotta figures have disappeared after being dug out.
Trap 3: Horrible Fake Terracotta Army
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