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Terracotta Army

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Terracotta Army
Alt Name:
Mausoleum First Qin Emperor
Imperial China
300BC - 201BC
Qin Dynasty
Xian, Xianyang, Lintong,
Ming Tombs, Temple of Heaven,
Great Wall of China, Great Wall of China - Mutianyu,

Terracotta Army history

The Terracotta Army, part of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, is one of the world’s most famous, intriguing and visually arresting ancient sites, dating back to the third century BC.

A chance find by a group of peasants in Xian in 1974, the Terracotta Army is a collection of around 7,000 life sized clay sculptures of soldiers, infantry, carts and horses in battle formation, each created with its own individual features.

The Terracotta Army was created during the reign of Ying Zheng (246-210 BC) who, after several military victories became known as the First Emperor of Qin, Shi Huang Di. The Terracotta Army formed part of the elaborate mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, built from 221 BC to his death in 210 BC.

Today, the Terracotta Army is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has become a popular museum spanning an area of 190,000 square meters. Overall, a visit to the Terracotta Army Museum should take around 3 hours.

The Terracotta Army also features as one of our Top Visitor Attractions in China.


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Dan Carpenter
06 Mar, 2015

You can rent a bicycle, or walk, around the Xian city wall. It is a spectacular view and construction. Don't miss it.

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contact details

Address: The Terracotta Army Museum, Qinling North Road, Xiang, China

Phone: +86 029 813 99170

visitor information

Directions to Terracotta Army:
The Terracotta Army Museum is on Qinling North Road (Route X007) off Yinqiao Avenue off the Xian Expressway Toll Road and accessible by bus line 306 (last stop), which starts from the parking lot just east of the Xi'An train station.

Terracotta Army opening times and ticket prices:
The museum is open 8am-6pm daily. Entry costs 90 RMB (March to November) or 65 RMB (December to February). Student discounts available.


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