"Terracotta Warriors - Another China Wonder" Xi'an by Mikebb

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Our visit to Xi'an was limited to a 2 night stop being part of a 20 day tour taking us to some of the famous China attractions. Xi'an was top of the list for our group of 10, all from various parts of the world and most interested in visiting the historic Qin Terra Cotta Warriors.

Our early evening flight Beijing to Xi'an took 2.5 hours and was the ideal transport as it allowed us extra time in Beijing, in fact we visited the Temple of Heaven before arriving at Beijing airport. By road it is 1,200km south west of Beijing.

During March 1974 farmers from Xianyang village accidently discovered many broken pottery figures whilst digging a well. The discovery was reported to officials and by 1976 further discoveries were made, now known as Pit1, 2, & 3. These pits are now on display and cover an area of 22,780 square metres (205,030 sq feet).

TheMuseum of Emperor Qin is located 31km from Xi'an city centre.

  • Last visit to Xi'an: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    What an amazing experience this must have been! A nice page!

    • Mikebb's Profile Photo
      Mar 22, 2014 at 3:11 AM

      An enjoyable day, unbelievable skill in creating these "warriors" especiall the chariots and horses, so lifelike.

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Hi Mike, this is a very interesting page. The Terracotta Warriors are something I really want to see one day. Like Nemorino, I did not know that they were discovered so recently, wow!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    astounding. the detail of each figure. and you had a very nice looking hotel. quite a collection of industrial buildings, but then xi'an is a major city.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Absolutely awesome! What a impressive sight to see something so special. Thanks for sharing Mike! Excellent page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Great that you were able to see the Terra Cotta Warriors. I hadn?t realized that they were discovered so recently (1974) and that so much work was needed to put them back together.

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Thanks for the little look at the terracotta...THIS would be a definite stopover if ever able to visit China..

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Lovely photos of the warriors-Were you allowed to take these photos?I was under the impression photography was prohibited???


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