Terra-Cotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

It has been said that going to China and not seeing the Terracotta Warriors is like going to Egypt and missing the Pyramids. Viewing Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta army guarding his burial site and protecting his entry to the after life from the earthen side of a continuing archaeological project is certainly one of the most memorable parts of any trip to China. It was made a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987.

No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried, surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the center of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan.

So far, four vaults have been unearthed. Vault #1 is the main and largest. It houses 6,000 life sized Terracotta soldiers. Originally, they were colorfully painted. The figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.

Opening  Hours:  8:00- 18:00.
Address: Qinling Town, Lingtong County,Xi’an,Shaanxi Province,China. 35 kilometers east of Xi’an, about 40 KM from Xian City
Tel: 8629-81399170
Ticket Price: RMB 150 (Mar.1 to Nov. 30), RMB 120 (Dec. 1 to Feb. 28/29)