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, it is now a live museum, 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

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 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 $889

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

Xi'an Bus Tour to Terracotta Amy Museum

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 - 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 Army guarding the emperor in his life after death.

 Military Formation           Weaponry

Features of Statues

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- Last modified on Oct. 30, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Terracotta Army, Xian
Asked by Andrey from RUSSIA | Oct. 28, 2018 23:46Reply
Is Terracotta Army opened every Monday?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rhoda from MALAYSIA | Oct. 30, 2018 19:38

Yes, it is opened all year round.
Asked by Nat from ARGENTINA | Oct. 17, 2018 01:27Reply
Bus Shuttle from and to Xian North Railway Station?
If I take the free Bus Shuttle from North Railway Station to Terracota Army, can I also take it to get back from the sight to the North Station? I will be arriving on a Saturday from Beijing and leaving on a Sunday to Beijing. Is it recommended that we go on Saturday afternoon to see the Terracota Army or on Sunday morning is better? If I go on Sunday, can I just show my Saturday train ticket to redeem the free suttle?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vida from USA | Oct. 17, 2018 18:40

Dear, make sure that you take the high speed train from Beijing to Xi'an because only people who hold the high speed train tickets can take the free shuttle bus from North Railway Station to the scenic area and from the scenic area back to the North Railway Station.

Then the ticket is only valid on the day you arrive in Xi'an and that means you can take the free bus only on Saturday but not the Sunday. So you cannot use the Saturday ticket to redeem the free bus on Sunday. The recommended visit time in the scenic area is 3 hours. So you can arrange your itinerary well and you are advised to visit on Saturday afternoon.
Asked by clarissa from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 03, 2018 02:23Reply
how did the terracotta warriors increase the understandings of life in ancient china?
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Answered by Shea from USA | Oct. 10, 2018 00:50

From the terracotta warriors' clothes, forms, moves..., we can see that the hierarchy of this feudal society and the power of the Emperor in ancient China.
Asked by Alex from NEPAL | Sep. 28, 2018 01:53Reply
how long does it take to explore the Terracotta Army?
Answers (1)
Answered by Darren from USA | Sep. 28, 2018 20:26

The recommended visit time is about 3 – 3.5 hours.
Asked by Nuwan Srilak Kuruwitaarachchi from SRI LANKA | Sep. 27, 2018 01:06Reply
I want to visit terracotta army from Jinjiang Inn (Xi'an Jiefang Road Wanda Plaza Branch)
and need to comeback and catch the bullet train to Beijing. what would be the best travel option ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vida from USA | Sep. 27, 2018 21:22

Dear, do you want to finish the trip in a day? If yes, the cheapest way is to take the bus and subway but it is also the slowest way to the scenic area. From your hotel to the scenic area, it needs about 2 hours and costs about CNY8 by bus and subway. Besides, it is expected that it may take about 50 minutes and CNY120 – 150 by taxi.

The recommended visit time is about 3 – 3.5 hours.

From the scenic area to the North Railway Station, there is no direct bus and you need to transfer to take the bus and subway, and the ride may take about 2.5 - 3 hours at least. Or you can choose to take a taxi, with duration of about one hour and cost of CNY120 – 130.

If you want to take the public transport, you are advised to start your trip in the early morning, at about 07:00 or 08:00.

And you are advised to book the ticket of the high speed train to Beijing after 18:00.
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