Terra-cotta Army

Ticket Price

CNY 120; free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) by a paying adult.
1. The fare is for the through ticket of Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, including the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Park (Lishan Garden), and the shuttle bus between the two spots available from 8:30 to 18:30.
2. Visitors need to show identity cards or passports when buying tickets and entering the museum.

Audio Guide Rent: CNY 40 per person; Deposit: CNY 100
Opening Hours March 16 to November 15: 8:30 – 18:30, ticketing stops at 17:00;
November 16 to March 15: 8:30 – 18:00, ticketing stops at 16:30.
Time for a Visit 3 hours

The Terracotta Army, a remarkable archaeological discovery, comprises thousands of life-sized clay soldiers, horses, and chariots buried near the grand mausoleum of Emperor Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China and the founder of the Qin dynasty. Situated near Lishan in Shaanxi Province, central China, these sculptures were intended to serve as guardian figures or to accompany the emperor in the afterlife. Their purpose and intricate details provide invaluable insights into ancient Chinese warfare, including weaponry, armor, chariot design, and military organization.

Discovered in 1974 CE, the Terracotta Army has since become an iconic symbol of China’s rich history and cultural heritage. The sheer scale and realism of the army figures offer a fascinating glimpse into the military prowess and command structures of ancient China. Emperor Shi Huangdi’s quest for immortality led to the creation of this vast funerary complex, consisting of over 7,000 warriors, 600 horses, and 100 chariots.

Although Emperor Shi Huangdi’s inner tomb remains unexcavated, the site of the mausoleum has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, highlighting its significance in preserving and understanding ancient Chinese civilization. The Terracotta Army continues to captivate visitors from around the world, serving as a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of ancient Chinese artisans.

Pit 1 – 2,000 Warriors Displayed

Pit 1 – the largest and most impressive one

Contain over 6,000 terracotta figures of soldiers and horses, about 2,000 are on display.

This vault opened to visitors in 1979.

Pit 2 – Uncovers the Mystery of the Ancient Army Array

Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Vault Two

Excavation and restoration is still ongoing at vaults two and three.

Excavated in 1976, pit 2 uncovers the mystery of the ancient army array.

Pit 3 – Represents the Command Post

Vault Three is the smallest one. There are only 68 terracotta figures, many of which are without heads. It’s obvious that Vault Three represents the command post, as all the figures are officials.

The Exhibition of Bronze Chariots

The Terracotta Army, Bronze Chariot, Xian, China

The two bronze carriages displayed in the hall were discovered 20 meters from the west side of the Tomb of Qin Shihuang in December 1980, and were elaborately restored before exhibition.

They were mainly made of bronze, with 1,720 pieces of golden and silver ornaments, each carriage weighting 7 kilograms.


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