"The Teracotta Warriors, or Bin Ma Yong" Xian Shan Things to Do Tip by MylesD

Xian Shan Things to Do: 22 reviews and 33 photos

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by MylesD

This is the reason why you should come to Xi'an. One of the most magnificient pieces of history ever found, the warriors and the Great Wall and the 2 most prized-possessions of Chinese history (in my opinion).

They are open 8:30-5:30. Contrary to what other people would say on virtual tourist, pictures *are* allowed there (I was there just 3 weeks ago), but don't use a flash, because that's pushing it :)

They are located 1-hour away from Xi'an. To get there, you need to go to the bus station, which is located opposite of the train station. Bus 310 can take you there, but forget I ever said that. You'll never get on. People claw, punch, kick and fight to get a seat on those buses (which come around almost every 10 minutes). The tickets are only 10 Yuan round-trip, so I guess that's why. However, the best bet is to hang around in the corner of that section and to look for other foreigners. Then, if you're 4 or 5 people, rent a taxi or a truck to bring you there. Those people will find you first, trust me, they're all over the place, and they'll spot you immediately..foreigners stick out like sore thumbs there. Don't settle for more than 40 Yuan round-trip, otherwise you're being cheated. 40's a good deal.
They might tell you that they have to stop in at some kind of store first, because those drivers get a small commission for bringing people there...but it's only for 5 minutes, so don't worry.

The entrance ticket is 90 Yuan...the price went up from 65 two years ago. The luggage check is another 10. They re-organized the entire entrance, so that the people who used to sell stuff and clog up the entire place were moved off to the side...so if you're interested in buying junk on the way out, you can't miss 'em.

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  • Written May 18, 2004
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