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Terracotta Warriors Museum (Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum)
Terracotta Warriors Museum (Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum)

Terracotta Warriors Museum (Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum)

Daily 8:30am - 5pm

The Basics

A huge statue of the emperor now guards the entrance to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, where three enormous pits are filled with row upon row of these remarkable effigies—the first pit alone holds some 6,000 examples in excellent condition.

The museum and excavation site is by far the most popular day trip from Xian, and options are plentiful. Choose between a full or half-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site with a small group or your own private English-speaking tour guide. Some day tours also include visits to the Hanyang Mausoleum, Muslim Quarter, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall, or a Tang Dynasty show and dumpling banquet. If you’re on a tight schedule in China, you can even see the terracotta army on a day trip by air from Shanghai.

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Terracotta Warriors & Horses plus Banpo Ruins Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an
Terracotta Warriors & Horses plus Banpo Ruins Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an
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$99.00 per adult
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Great tour! It was a small group of 4...
Great tour! It was a small group of 4 of us and the tour guide was great. She brought us to the Terracotta Warriors and told us the best spot to take pictures. We were also given free time during the tour. The second half of the day we visited the Banpo village, which was interesting but not as exciting as the Terracotta Warriors. Overall, it was a great tour--highly recommend!
Krystal A, Aug 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Xian

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Very good tour. Guide was very...
David M, Jul 2016
Half-Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Very good tour. Guide was very friendly. Car was very clean and comfortable. Tour guide spoke very good English.
star-5
Perfect Tour
Pauline_K, Nov 2020
Afternoon Tour to Terracotta Warriors Museum
Chelsea was very knowledgeable and organised. She guided us well and was great company. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
star-5
Complete tour with great tour guide
vicmart83, Dec 2019
Xi'an Terracotta Warriors, Huaqing Hot Spring, and Banpo Museum
Hi, the tour was exactly as described, and the guide was superb. Alice was the best tour guide anyone cuould ask for.
star-5
8TH Wonder of the World
rocked52ryan, Aug 2019
Private Half-Day Tour of Terracotta Warriors Museum From Xi'an
To first see the Tara Cotta Army takes your breath away. Our guide was excellent. She sat us down before each exhibit and explained what we would see once inside so we knew exactly what we were looking at. She was a wealth of information and knew the perfect place for pictures. Viator made this a day in our lives we will never forget.
star-5
Terracotta Warriors!
Camper403858, Jul 2019
Half-Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
We had a great tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses! The sites were wonderful and the ride, the driver and the tour guide were fantastic. Thanks!
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Xian trip
FarAway48596105413, Apr 2019
Private Xi'an Tour: Terracotta Warriors, Hanyangling Museum, Cave Homes
Shine, our guide, was excellent and it was great to see historical places with her. the car and driver were good. good details about history........................................................................................................................................................................
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Michael was a great guide. Thank you...
Simon V, Jul 2018
Private Xi'an Tour: Terracotta Warriors, Hanyangling Museum, Cave Homes
Michael was a great guide. Thank you Michael. Very patient with our kids and knowledgeable and informative on all historical matters. We loved this tour and the terracotta warrior museum was fascinating. Well organised and good value for money.
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Our tour guide was personable...
Vera D, Sep 2017
Half-Day Private Tour of Xi'an Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
Our tour guide was personable, knowledgable and very pleasant. The Terra-cotta army is simply astounding. This was an outstanding half-day tour.
star-4
This was excellent!!! the pits are...
Jaime S, Mar 2017
Xian Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum Bus Tour
This was excellent!!! the pits are just amazing, the tour super and the guide Alyson was outstading!!! The people fromChina Travel Services were in contact all the time and they were very helpful...I recomend them...If you should to this tour, go with them. The guide was young and enthusiastic and with excellent knowledge of the site and surroundings, and she actually speaked english!! it is a good choice!!
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The best! Tour guide was very...
Donald B, Jul 2016
Xian Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum Bus Tour
The best! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and each stop was the perfect amount of time.
star-5
Excellent our tour guides were very...
foreverscentsw, Jul 2017
Coach Day Tour of Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum
Excellent our tour guides were very good and patient and the tour itself was good .
star-5
My husband and I really enjoyed this...
Mary-Lou H, Aug 2017
Private Xi'an Tour: Terracotta Warriors, Hanyangling Museum, Cave Homes
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Michael was an excellent guide. He bought us lots of bottled water, as it was extremely hot in July and the noodle lunch we ate was delicious. Seeing the Terracotta warriors, the tomb of Emperor Jingdi and the cave house was very interesting. I highly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum is a must-see for history lovers and first-time visitors.

  • Allow two to three hours to visit the site fully.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs.

  • Photography is allowed in the museum, but flashes and tripods are prohibited.

  • Many Xian tours to the museum include hotel pickup and drop-off.

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How to Get There

The Terracotta Army excavations lie northwest of Xian, near the community of Lintong. The No. 5 tourist bus takes you there from the Xian train station, or you can catch public bus No. 306 from East Square.

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When to Get There

The Terracotta Warriors Museum is one of China’s most-visited attractions; to avoid the worst crowds, plan to visit on a weekday first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon, after the bus tour groups have left. Since the excavation pits are indoors, weather isn’t a factor—but the pits can be freezing cold in winter.

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Xian Terracotta Warriors by the Numbers

Since their discovery in 1974, more than 8,000 soldiers, 670 horses, and 130 chariots have been unearthed. Each warrior is unique, with distinct facial features and heights, though the average height is 6 feet (1.85 meters). It took an estimated 40 years for some 700,000 laborers to complete the army.

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