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Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors, also referred as Terracotta Warriors and Horses, is located in the east of Lintong District of Xian, China, lying Lishan Mountain in the south and facing Weihe River in the north. With its large scale and overwhelming momentum, the Terracotta Warriors is regarded as the Eighth World Wonder and was listed into 5A world cultural heritage in 1987.

The Terracotta Warriors is a collection of terracotta figures showcasing the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a representative of funerary art in ancient China and these figures and horses were all buried with Qinshihuang, protecting the emperor after he died. The Terracotta Warriors was discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province when they were digging wells. There are three main square-shaped pits hosting these warriors, chariots, and horses. According to the discovery, there are over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses buried in these three pits.

Pit one is the largest among the three, which is 5 meters in depth and 14260 square meters in coverage, hosting 6000 plus terracotta figures and horse totally. In the east of this pit stand three rows of terracotta soldiers carrying far-shooting weapons and compose the vanguard of this army. Behind finds the main part of the army composed of 6000-armored soldiers armed with bows and 35 four-horse-pulled chariots. Figures in the Terracotta Warriors are generally 1.8 meters high, vivid in postures and diversified facial expressions. If careful enough, you would see they are different with others in the face, hair, posture, and verve, from which we could see they are from the different area, ethnic group and thus different personality. The horses stand up straightly and some are roaring and some keeping silent. The height of the figures is varied depending on their roles, and the tallest one is the general of the army. This site represents the sophisticated sculpturing skill of Tang Dynasty in ancient China.

Terracotta Warriors is now mesmerizing uncountable travelers home and abroad to pay a visit annually. Come here and discover why so many people travel here despite fatigue and long journey!

Travel Tips

Admission Fee: 120 for low season (Dec.1-Feb.29), 150 for high season (Mar.1-Nov.30)

How to get to: Take the bus No.306 or Tourist Line No.5 to get there, which costs 7RMB and 1 hour