Amongst the most renowned archaeological finds in the world, China’s Terracotta Warriors can be seen in Xian and here’s what you need to know.
Planning a Visit
Those at city centre-based hotels in Xian can enjoy excursions to this site in the Lintong District; properties like Grand Park Xian are only around a 40-minute drive away. Organising private transport would be ideal since taxis can be expensive; alternatively, you can catch buses (# 306, 914 or 915) from the Xian Railway Station.
Bit of History
The Terracotta Warriors date to the 3rd century BC; during the Qin Dynasty, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, decreed that a terracotta army be created which would be buried with him and ensure his protection in the afterlife. Featuring over 8,000 terracotta figures, this amazing creation is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are three pits to visit with Pit One being the largest; within this site, one will find around 6,000 warriors (not all are on display) facing east, protecting the emperor’s tomb and in readiness for battle. As you go through this area, you will come across archers (with longbows or crossbows), the main army and horses.
Pit Two & Three
Pit Two has over 1,000 warriors and horses and one can get up close to some and see the amazing level of detail; highlights include a kneeling archer and a solder with his horse. At Pit Three, are a little over 70 warriors as well as horses; interestingly, this is believed to be the army’s HQ since there are high-ranking officers here.