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Independent Tour of Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Destinations: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Following this day trip to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, you will get a glimpse into the first united empire in ancient China. When you come face to face with the terracotta army, you will discover how extravagant and powerful the first Emperor Qin Shihuang was in more than 2,200 years ago.
Color-painted pottery soldier
The famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum is located in Lintong district, about one hour's drive from Xian city center. 

How to visit Terracotta Army from Xi'an? 
There are two direct buses from the city center to the museum. One is bus No. 307 departing from the south gate of the Tang Paradise. The other is tourist bus No. 5 (306) departing from 纺织城 (Fangzhicheng, refers to textile city in Chinese), which is also the departure station of Subway Line 1. Tourist bus No. 5 (306) runs from the railway station to the museum at intervals of 15 minutes, between 07:00 and 19:00. It is a large white bus operated by the state-run bus company. The buses are clean and comfortable with air-conditioner; their drivers and conductors are in blue-black uniforms. There are several stops including the Lishan Mountain Cable Car Station, Huaqing Hot Spring, and finally the museum. 

To have the best part of a Xi'an day tour, you'd better arrive at Xian or left your hotel in the early morning: 
If you reach Xi'an by high-speed train, you will arrive at 北客站 (Beikezhan, the North Railway Station), where you can easily take Subway Line 2 and transfer to Subway Line 1 at 北大街 (Beidajie, refers to the North Street in Chinese), which will take you to 纺织城 (Fang Zhi Cheng) where you can take the tourist bus No.5 (306) to the Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum. The whole trip takes about 2 hours and car fare is CBY 11.

If you start from 火车站 (Huochezhan, Xi'an Railway Station), you can walk southward about 1,100 meters to reach 五路口 (Wulukou), where you can take Subway Line 1 to 纺织城 (Fangzhicheng) and get on the tourist bus No.5 (306). The whole journey takes about 110 minutes and the car fare is CNY 9. In the front square of Xi'an Railway Station, there are also many minibuses traveling to Lintong, the town where Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum is located. But they are not well maintained and operated.

Terracotta Warriors
The bus terminates at the parking lot of the museum, and you can easily find the ticket office. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the ticket office to the entrance of the museum; a battery powered cart at a cost of CNY5 per person is also available. The entrance fee for the museum is CNY150 in peak season and CNY120 in low season. As the historical background of the terracotta army is a little complicated, it is suggested that visitors hire a guide to show them around and to deliver a detailed explanation.

The museum covers 16,300 square meters in three sections, Pit No.1, Pit No.2 and Pit No.3. After going through the entrance, you will face Pit No.1. It is the largest and the first pit excavated. Thousands of pottery soldiers and chariots are arrayed in the pit. Pit No. 2 is just to the east of Pit No.1, and Pit No. 3 is to the north of Pit No. 2. After visiting the three pits, you don’t want to miss the Exhibition Hall. There, the exquisite Bronze Chariot and Horses are on show. To the south of Pit No. 1, you will find the cinema with a 360º screen. There, a movie played in a continuous loop introduces the history of the Qin Dynasty, including the manufacturing procedure, subsequent damage, discovery, and repair of the pottery soldiers, and exhibition.
Excavation site
Two to three hours are recommended for visiting Terracotta Army. There are many restaurants outside the museum, but most are tourist restaurants with low service and food quality. For westerners, the fast-food restaurants like KFC and Subway are better choices. If interested, you can sample a famous local dish called 肉夹馍 (Roujiamo, aka Chinese hamburger).

Since 2010, the ticket price for the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum includes entrance to the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, 1.5 kilometers away. If you are interested in it, you can have a look at this mausoleum of China's first emperor after visiting Terracotta Army. There are free shuttle buses traveling between these two sites. The mausoleum park is very large, so most visitors choose to take the battery carts at fare of CNY8 per person to travel around the park. 
After your visit the mausoleum, take the shuttle bus back to the entrance of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Return to the parking lot and take the tourist bus No. 5 (306) or bus No. 307 back to the city. Please remember the last buses back to Xi'an depart from the Terracotta Warrior and Horses Museum at 19:00.
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Mark from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 10, 2019 01:38Reply
Ticket Purchase
How early in advance do you need to purchase tickets for the terracotta warriors? I'm planning to visit as an independent visitor in November.
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Answered by Lucy | Sep. 11, 2019 22:50

In general, there is no need to purchase the tickets for the Terracotta Army in advance, you can purchase it on arrival at the entrance.
Asked by Tammy Corcese from CANADA | Feb. 20, 2019 11:05Reply
Is there a shuttle from the terracotta army museum back to the high speed train station?
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Answered by Rita | Feb. 24, 2019 16:39

As far as I know, tourists can get free shuttle round bus tickets riding between Terracotta Army and Xi'an North Railway Station by their high speed train tickets of the day and the tickets to the Terracotta Warriors purchased at service points of the railway station. But I only know it can exchange at the high speed railway station, and I'm not sure if you can exchange the free bus ticket at the scenic spot. If you cannot take the free shuttle bus, you may find the bus station of Bus Tour No.5 or Bus No.306 around Terracotta Army Museum to Sanfuwan West Station and then transfer to Bus Tour No.10 to Beiguan Station. Then walk to Anyuanmen Station of Subway Line 2 to take the subway to the terminal station, Xi'an North Railway Station.
Asked by Sherri from USA | Oct. 26, 2018 17:43Reply
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What is the best way to get there from Shanghai?
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Answered by Alan | Oct. 28, 2018 23:56

Terracotta Warriors is located near Xi'an. From Shanghai to Xi'an, you can take either high speed train or flight. However, since there is no direct bus from the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport to the Terracotta Warriors, you will need to take airport shuttle to Xi'an Railway Station first (an hour), and then take tourist bus line 5 (306) to the museum in another one hour.

If you take a high speed train, you may take the free shuttle bus from North Railway station to the museum directly. The bus ride takes around an hour. By the way, to take the free shuttle bus, you will need to buy the ticket of the museum at the railway station in exchange for a free ride to the scenic spot. The bus leaves every hour from 8 am to 4 pm. Hope it helps.
Asked by garry kerr from AUSTRALIA | May. 10, 2018 03:02Reply
how do i get to theTerracotta warriors from Zhengzhou
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Answered by Carol | May. 10, 2018 03:22

Firstly, you should get to Xi'an by an ordinary train or a high-speed train.

If you take an ordinary train from Zhengzhou to Xi'an, you will arrive at Xi'an Railway Station. Then you can walk to East Square with about 200 meters (656 ft) and take tourist bus line 5 (306) to get to the Terracotta Warriors.

If you go to Xi'an by a high-speed train, you will arrive at Xi'an North Railway Station. From there, you can take a free shuttle bus which runs between Xi'an North and the museum.
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