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Terracotta Warriors & Horses of the Qin dynasty

The information contained here are subject to change. Chinese History Digest is not responsible or liable if any changes should occur. You can also check the official Chinese website of Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum for the latest information. There also exists an older English version of this website.

Opening Hours

March 16 to November 15: 8.30am - 6pm
November 16 to March 15: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Tickets available until 1 hour before closing time

Entrance Ticket Prices

120 yuan - includes admission to the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses AND Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park (Lishan Garden) + the shuttle bus between both spots
Visitors must show passports or ID's to buy tickets

partial view of pit 1 at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horsespartial view of pit 1 at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and HorsesThe world-famous Terracotta Warriors (Chinese: Bing Ma Yong) are located about 40km to the east of Xi'an as a part of a large site in the district of Lintong. You can see them at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses which together with Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park constitute Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum. The two-part museum complex is connected by a shuttle bus. As one of the many historic sights in China that are listed on the UNESCO world heritage list, Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum is one of the most visited tourist sites in China that receives millions of visitors every year.

The entire complex occupies a large area near the pyramid-shaped tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who unified China for the first time under the banner of the Qin dynasty. His tomb is still unexcavated to this day. You will be able to tour the Mausoleum Site Park that surrounds the burial mound though. About 1.5km away from the Mausoleum Site Park is the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses which is the main attraction of the site.

damaged terracotta warrior statues inside pit 2 of the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horsesdamaged terracotta warrior statues inside pit 2 of the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and HorsesWhen visiting the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, you will see three pits and the Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall. All three pits where the figures of the terracotta warriors were buried are now covered from the elements by large hall structures. The 1st pit is the largest of the three and displays more than 6000 terracotta warriors in battle formation. Each life-sized figure is unique and presumably modeled after the real soldiers that served in Emperor Qin Shi Huang's army. Soldiers from the infantry, cavalry and chariot division are represented among the figures that were originally covered in colorful paint (most of which has now peeled off).

partial view of pit 3 at Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museumpartial view of pit 3 at Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site MuseumMost spectacular in the second pit are the around 80 war chariots that were buried along with 1300 terracotta warriors and horses and thousands of bronze weapons. In addition to soldier figures from the infantry, cavalry and chariot division, you will also find crossbow archers among the buried terracotta warriors in the 2nd pit.

The 3rd pit is believed to represent the command center for the soldiers that were found in pit 1 and 2. It is made up of a chariot and horse chamber (containing four horses and a distinctive chariot), northern wing room and southern wing room. Twenty-two terracotta figures were found in the northern wing room (dedicated to pray for victory) while the southern wing room (for collecting military tactics) contained 42 figures. Well-preserved decorations out of stone, bronze and gold as well as bronze weaponry were found in the 3rd pit as well.

the still unexcavated burial mound at Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Parkthe still unexcavated burial mound at Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site ParkThe Bronze Chariots and Horses Exhibition Hall contains two models of bronze chariots and horses. About half the size of real Qin dynasty war chariots, the two models were intended as vehicles for the Emperor Qin Shi Huang to inspect his army in the afterlife. Each of the two model chariots is pulled by a team of four horses that are steered by a coachman. Decorated with pieces of gold and silver and guarded by terracotta soldiers that are armed with swords, these two chariot models are regarded as the best-preserved bronze carriages in China.

After visiting the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, you can tour the Mausoleum Site Park with the same ticket. It surrounds the unexcavated burial mound that is in fact larger than Egypt's Great Pyramid. After 2000 years of weather erosion, it has lost most of its original pyramid shape and height (original 100 meters now reduced to 47 meters) and now looks like a hill that is overgrown with vegetation. Several accessory pits have been found in the park area that surrounds the burial mound. While some of these pits are closed to the public at present, pit K0006 and pit K9901 are open for visitors. Twelve terracotta figures were found in pit K0006. Eight of them represent civil officials and the other four are figures of charioteers. Pit K9901 is also known as the Acrobatics Figures Pit. The half-naked bodies of the acrobat figures that were found there look distinctly different and even a bit comical in comparison to the stern and heavily armed terracotta army soldiers.

Visitors that still have some time and energy left after visiting both parts of Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum might consider visiting the Huaqing Hot Springs which are located along the way back to Xi'an.

wide view inside the hall that covers pit 1 at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses near Xi'anwide view inside the hall that covers pit 1 at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses near Xi'an

How to get to Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park near Xi'an?

Address: Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, Qinling North Road, Lintong district, Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China
Tel.Nr.: +86 29 8139 9001
Air: Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY)
Train: Xi'an Railway Station, Xi'an North Railway Station, Xi'an South Railway Station
Bus: Bing Ma Yong Station
bus lines from the Xi'an Railway Station: Tourist Bus Line 5 (306), 914
bus line from the South Gate of the Tang Paradise theme park: 307
free shuttle bus on day of arrival from the Xi'an North Railway Station (must show train ticket at the Tourist Service Center underground the station to get free bus ticket)
bus line from Lintong Bus Station: 101

Recommended Hotel near Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum

The hotel that is introduced in detail below is the closest 5-star hotel to the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses near Xi'an. The provided information was thoroughly researched from various hotel booking websites. Chinese History Digest is not responsible if any information regarding the provided services and amenities might have changed.

Angsana Xi'an Lintong Hotel

outside view of the Angsana Xi'an Lintong HotelThe Angsana Xi'an Lintong Hotel is about a 40 - 50 minute drive away from the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport and the hotel can arrange airport transfer (for an additional charge). It is the only 5-star hotel within relatively close proximity of Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum. Guests of this luxurious resort that opened in 2014 only need about 15 minutes by car, taxi or shuttle bus to reach this world-famous sight that includes the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Since the hotel rents bicycles, guests could even combine their tourist visits within the green and relatively unpolluted Lintong area with some physical exercise. Besides being close to the Terracotta Warriors, the Angsana Xi'an Lintong Hotel is also just a 5 - 10 minute walk away from two other sights that history buffs shouldn't miss, the beautiful Huaqing Palace as well as the Lintong Museum.

All rooms of the hotel are air-conditioned, have a terrace/balcony and contain a refrigerator, satellite TV, safe box, a DVD/CD player and a minibar. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms exist and can be requested. Laundry service (including dry cleaning) and luggage storage are available. Room service is available 24/7 and free bottled water is provided. Free internet access is not only available through Wi-Fi but also LAN cable in the rooms. The hotel has a breakfast buffet and its two restaurants offer Chinese and international cuisine. For exercise, guests have access to a swimming pool, tennis court and a fitness center. There are also many ways to relax at the Angsana Xi'an Lintong Hotel, such as at the hotel's spa, hot spring bath, by having a massage or outside at the hotel's garden.

5.9 miles away

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