The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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One of the most significant archaeological finds in the world, this 16,300-square-meter excavation reveals more than 7,000 life-size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • chewie999
    South Australia, Australia299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What can you say, Impressive!
    Just mentally prepare yourself for crowds and adapt to the situation and you will have a great time. A slow and methodical work in progress that will keep getting bigger. What they have restored is fantastic and you will not be disappointed. There are 3 pits which are all covered, plus an Exhibition Centre also worth a visit. With such a globally famous site, you do get the crowds, mostly with Chinese tour groups who 99% well behaved. Before entering there is a massive shopping and restaurant complex (you also go through it when exiting). Prepare for queues and a 1 km walk after entering before reaching the pits. So don't wear uncomfortable shoes.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • kk3n
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to go, so just do it
    OK. If you go to Xi'an, everybody will ask if you saw the mud soldiers. So just do it. It's a nightmare, but not as much of a nightmare as you might expect (and we did it in high season in July). There is basically one place to take "the picture" and it swarms with tour groups. But if you get in position and are diligent you will eventually be swept up to the railing and will get your shots. When it's done, you will have the warm glow that you survived, and you can eat lamb burgers and celebrate when you get back to Xi'an. We went on our own with a Didi (Uber) car from our hotel. 2 minute wait both ways, and very affordable by US standards. So we could nip in to the railing and get views between tour groups. We could also ditch all of the crowds for lunch outside under the trees, which was a huge relief. If you are in a tour group, you will be stuck inside of it the whole time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • andream0402
    Melbourne, Australia3,947 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of our trip to China
    This was amazing ! Although very crowded, people do move through at a steady pace and eventually you can see everything you want to see. The scale is unimaginable until you see it for yourself in person. The detail on these warriors - all of them individuals is fascinating. Understanding the excavation and repair processes that have taken place for us to be able to view these warriors is amazing. A must see in China.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Blake Evans
    Shenzhen, China152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip to the museum
    This site is amazing to see! The size and quantity of warriors and horses is far most vast than what I could have expected as a foreigner. Site 1 and site 2 are impressive in size while site 3 is interesting to view the construction methods up closer. Tips: visit during an off time. Even when there isn’t a holiday the museum is still crowded with viewers.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 October 2023
  • KM Lee
    217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just soldiering on!
    What else can be said of one of world's wonders? Here I'll deal more with the transport aspects for independent travelers, as I wasted a lot of time with outdated information. First off, *all* the information about public bus transport from Xi'an city is outdated. There is now a direct metro ride to a station near the museum. That's where the local buses will take you in - NOT from Xi'an city anymore. Make your way to Xi'an metro line 9 which starts from the Fangzhicheng station. Take it to the Huaqinchi station. Cross the road and there'll be all kinds of transport options including the bus. As you are let off watch where the entrance and exit paths to the museum are as they may not be clearly marked. It's a very busy place where there are all kinds of people vying for your business. Tour guides, drivers for hire, hawkers, etc. You can buy tickets on the spot with cash. After queuing to get in, it's a dreary 700 m walk into the museum grounds. In contrast, the exit path is lined with all the shops selling food and souvenirs. December is supposedly off peak, but it was quite crowded. Peak period will be something to behold. The onsite cafe serves decent food. Enjoy!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Michael
    Beijing, China29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The same as in the internet
    We did not enjoyed this place. It is interesting, large scale and world famous. But if you are not an archeologist, no need to get there as you will see almost the same as in the internet at home. A lot of people inside. There were gunmen ready to fire to secure this place that was not usual for China. It was a difficult work to create the warriors many years ago and even more difficult to excavate and restore nowadays. So it is permitted to observe warriors just from a distance. But about 5 of them were put on display in the other building, you can shoot and really observe separately.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2023
  • andrew c
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terracotta Warriors
    Really interesting place, very crowded when we went although it was a holiday so the crowds were expected. Admission was OK although the signposting for foreign visitors tickets was a little confusing. The viewing areas are raised above the excavations and you can struggle to get a good spot with the sheer number of people but persistence pays off. Definitely worthwhile.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 February 2024
  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,843 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed, ever
    We recently went on a tour of China that included Xi'an as an optional extra. We ticked the box to visit Xi'an and were rewarded with a fantastic, not-to-be forgotten experience, and easily the highlight of our trip. Easily ... the Great Wall was in the dust. I feel for those other tourists who didn't tick the Xi'an box - they might have saved a few dollars but missed a remarkable place, surely a wonder of the world. If you plan to visit China, make sure Xi'an is on the itinerary.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 February 2024
  • 474Lorraine
    Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent experience
    Our experience with Catherine Lu tours was excellent from first contact. Cindy was extremely helpful, returning our phone calls and messages promptly and assisting us in every way. The day at the Terracotta Warriors was wonderful. Julia was extremely knowledgeable and a pleasant and excellent guide. We have looked forward to this experience for many years and this tour surpassed our expectations.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Pioneer51300688341
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    How to get there easily by Bus 306
    Nice place to see. Take the 306 Bus from Fangzhicheng Station. You have to go to Exit A,B and look for the Bus Stop. The right Exit is a bit hidden but you can ask in the shops there.It costs 5 Yuan and takes 1:15 to get there. It depends on traffic. Its better to get early because its less crowded in the Museum.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
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whliu2001
San Francisco, CA251 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Way too many people. I was pushed to follow the flow of people. There is no place to stand and slow down to enjoy. Only have time to take a some quick photos. Not enjoyable!
Written 7 May 2024
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Pioneer51300688341
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Nice place to see. Take the 306 Bus from Fangzhicheng Station. You have to go to Exit A,B and look for the Bus Stop. The right Exit is a bit hidden but you can ask in the shops there.It costs 5 Yuan and takes 1:15 to get there. It depends on traffic. Its better to get early because its less crowded in the Museum.
Written 12 April 2024
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474Lorraine
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Our experience with Catherine Lu tours was excellent from first contact. Cindy was extremely helpful, returning our phone calls and messages promptly and assisting us in every way. The day at the Terracotta Warriors was wonderful. Julia was extremely knowledgeable and a pleasant and excellent guide. We have looked forward to this experience for many years and this tour surpassed our expectations.
Written 10 April 2024
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand1,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was my main interest in visiting China and it is a sight to behold. There are three pits that you can visit, the first is a large site which houses the main army and has a lot of excavated soldiers and a few horses in various states of repair. There is also a new discovery of bronze water fowl and non military on display in a forth area. Toilets, food and drinks are available and there is an option to use a wheel chair service for those less mobile as it is a large area to walk, the price quoted of CYN 300 was argued at the end of our tour which was annoying but we stuck to the price and gave a 10percent tip.
Written 20 March 2024
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We recently went on a tour of China that included Xi'an as an optional extra. We ticked the box to visit Xi'an and were rewarded with a fantastic, not-to-be forgotten experience, and easily the highlight of our trip. Easily ... the Great Wall was in the dust. I feel for those other tourists who didn't tick the Xi'an box - they might have saved a few dollars but missed a remarkable place, surely a wonder of the world. If you plan to visit China, make sure Xi'an is on the itinerary.
Written 25 February 2024
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andrew c
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Really interesting place, very crowded when we went although it was a holiday so the crowds were expected. Admission was OK although the signposting for foreign visitors tickets was a little confusing. The viewing areas are raised above the excavations and you can struggle to get a good spot with the sheer number of people but persistence pays off. Definitely worthwhile.
Written 21 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael
Beijing, China29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We did not enjoyed this place. It is interesting, large scale and world famous. But if you are not an archeologist, no need to get there as you will see almost the same as in the internet at home. A lot of people inside. There were gunmen ready to fire to secure this place that was not usual for China. It was a difficult work to create the warriors many years ago and even more difficult to excavate and restore nowadays. So it is permitted to observe warriors just from a distance. But about 5 of them were put on display in the other building, you can shoot and really observe separately.
Written 28 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KM Lee
Singapore217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
What else can be said of one of world's wonders? Here I'll deal more with the transport aspects for independent travelers, as I wasted a lot of time with outdated information.
First off, *all* the information about public bus transport from Xi'an city is outdated. There is now a direct metro ride to a station near the museum. That's where the local buses will take you in - NOT from Xi'an city anymore.
Make your way to Xi'an metro line 9 which starts from the Fangzhicheng station. Take it to the Huaqinchi station. Cross the road and there'll be all kinds of transport options including the bus.
As you are let off watch where the entrance and exit paths to the museum are as they may not be clearly marked. It's a very busy place where there are all kinds of people vying for your business. Tour guides, drivers for hire, hawkers, etc.
You can buy tickets on the spot with cash. After queuing to get in, it's a dreary 700 m walk into the museum grounds. In contrast, the exit path is lined with all the shops selling food and souvenirs.
December is supposedly off peak, but it was quite crowded. Peak period will be something to behold. The onsite cafe serves decent food.
Enjoy!
Written 20 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dyhx
Singapore5,927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Xi'An - Terracotta 秦始皇陵兵马俑.

Booked a day tour via CTrip for CNY288 and opted for a small group one with no more than 8 pax.

There are 3 halls here, all built directly above the excavation site. The first was discovered in 1974, by a villager who was digging for a well. On his 3rd attempt, he uncovered many broken 'tiles' and from there, the Terracotta army was found. The entire area is estimated to host over 8000 pcs but so far, only 2000+ are excavated because they still haven't had the technology to preserve the colours on them. Once exposed, these artifacts lose their colour in 3-5 days. Most are found broken into 30 - 100 pieces, it takes anything between 8 months to 2 years to restore each soldier/horse/carriage. What we see today is the result of over 40 years of restoration work, that's still ongoing. Amazing how each of them are unique, with a different expression, hairstyle and even shoes, 千人千面. The only commonality is that they all have single eyelids. Each soldier is mounted on a platform which has cities carved into it, but it's unknown if the cities are where the soldiers are from or where the figurine is made.

秦兵马俑一号坑遗址 is the first and largest site, consisting mainly the frontline soldiers (步兵), the 2nd consists the special forces (特种兵) and the 3rd holds the commanding general and adviser. The 2nd site is largely untouched, but this is where they've displayed 5 exhibits in proper display cases, as this is the location where the only complete piece of soldier (跪射俑) was found. In the 3rd site, they've also left a section as it was (with the broken pieces), as a display for visitors to see how it originally looks, for comparison sake. It is also here that they've recreated a section in a photo studio setting (with proper lighting) where you can pay CNY10 per person to take photos with it on your own camera.

The Souvenir store is near to the 3rd location and in there, they sell these mini replicas of the Terracottas, made from the original earth/mud from the excavation site, and comes with certification from the museum, so one can own a real piece of this site.
Written 19 November 2023
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FHS257
Oakville, Canada96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Visiting the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is the No. 1 thing to do in Xian

It’s said that no two terracotta warriors are alike. Facial expression, hair style, moustache style, costume and hand gesture are various from each other. Qin terracotta warriors were made using realistic style. So, after the unification of China, soldiers in Qin Army were from different areas and technics; besides, craftsmen were varied with different life experiences and skill, thus, no two terracotta warrior are the same
Written 1 November 2023
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