Terracotta Army in Lintong, Xi’an

Basic information:

The Terracotta Army (Chinese: 兵马俑; literally: “Soldier-and-horse funerary statues”) is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the three pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

The Terracotta Army Route Map

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terracotta warrior details
  • Location: 30 kilometers east of Xi’an in Lintong District.
  • Opening hours: 8:30am–5:30pm; 8:30am–5pm off-peak
  • Entry: 150 yuan (March 1 – November 30); otherwise 120 yuan. Children under 1.2m: free of charge.
  • Restrictions: Armed guards at the gate check for prohibited articles. No flash photography inside.
  • Souvenir shops: When you finish your visit, you have to pass an area with a lot of souvenir shops. We don’t recommend you buy gifts there, as they may be over-priced. A better place to buy souvenirs is the market in Xi’an.
  • Avoid the scams: For example, don’t buy the book signed by the farmer who claims to be one of the discovers of the Terracotta Army. They are all fake. Many play that role to rip off travelers. The book is over-priced at 180–200 yuan: (29–32 USD). Museum guides may recommend it to you!
  • Avoid the crowds: Getting there earlier than the tourist groups will save you a lot of time waiting. It opens at 8:30am. Our guide will tell you the best time to depart from your hotel. Weekends are often more crowded than weekdays.
  • Restaurants: There are many tourist restaurants around the museum, but lower your expectations on taste and quality. Some even may rip you off. Our guide will choose the best available restaurant for our customers.
  • Toilets: There are toilets inside and outside the museum grounds. They are all Chinese-style squat toilets. Bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The on-site toilets are free, and those outside charge 1 yuan.
  • Don’t go to the Tomb of Qin Shihuang as it is only a mound. It’s not excavated yet, so there’s not much to see.

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How to get to Terracotta Warriors from Xi’an / Beijing / Shanghai:

How to get to Terracotta Warriors from Xian / Beijing / Shanghai

Some personal pictures from my trip there:

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Hua Shan or Mount Hua in Xi’an

At first, I thought my first post should be what is my blog about and what will you be able to find here, but then again a picture is worth 1000 words so why not show you directly.

The idea of creating a blog just occurred to me and I think it’s the perfect place to lay all of the photos from the beautiful places I’ve been to and try to give some useful tips or answer any possible questions.

I decided to start with the breathtaking Mount Hua for which you need strong legs and a love of heights. If you’re going to Xi’an which I strongly advise you to do take one day to visit this beautiful wonder of nature that is only a one hour train ride away from Xi’an and a short bus ride away from the train station.

When you get to the bus station you will see a lot of taxi drivers that will offer to take you there for a ridiculously high amount of money, but be aware that there is a small bus that will take you to the entrance for 10 yuan.

Fees: Entrance Fee:
March 1 to November 30: CNY 180;
December 1 to end of next February: CNY 100;
Note:
1.  It includes the main peaks scenic area, Jade Spring Temple, Xianyu Scenic Area and Xiyue Temple.
2. The ticket is valid for two days.

Cable Car Service: two lines
March 1 to November 30: 07:00-19:00
December 1 to end of next February; 09:00 – 17:00

 Donggoukou – White Sparrow Temple – West Peak
March 1 to November 30: CNY 280 for a round trip; CNY 140 for a one-way trip
December 1 to end of next February: CNY 240 for a round trip; CNY 120 for a one-way trip
Notice:
1) Wengyu Tourism Bus runs between Tourist Service Center and Donggoukou, the lower station of West Peak cable car.  It costs CNY 40 for a one-way trip and CNY 80 for a round trip.
2) Visitors can get off at White Sparrow Temple. After visiting the temple, continue to take the cable car to the West Peak.

 Wamiaogou – North Peak
March 1 to November 30: CNY 150 for a round trip; CNY 80 for a one-way trip
December 1 to end of next February: CNY 80 for a round trip; CNY 45 for a one-way trip
Notice: Huangfuyu Tourism Bus runs between Tourist Service Center and Wamiaogou, the lower station of North Peak cable car. It  costs CNY 20 for a one-way trip and CNY 40 for a round trip.

Best Time to Visit: April to October

Mount Hua or Hua Shan is a mountain located near the city of Huayinin Shaanxi province, about 120 kilometres (75 mi) east of Xi’an. It is the western mountain of the Five Great Mountains of China and has a long history of religious significance. Originally classified as having three peaks, in modern times the mountain is classified as five main peaks, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2,154.9 metres (7,070 ft).

Traditionally, only the giant plateau with its summits to the south of the peak Wuyun Feng (五雲峰, Five Cloud Summit) was called Taihua Shan (太華山, Great Flower Mountain). It could only be accessed through the ridge known as Canglong Ling (蒼龍嶺, Dark Dragon Ridge) until a second trail was built in the 1980s to go around Canglong Ling. Three peaks were identified with respective summits: the East, South, and West peaks.

The East peak consists of four summits. The highest summit is Zhaoyang Feng (朝陽峰, Facing Yang Summit, i.e. the summit facing the sun). Its elevation is reported to be 2,096 m (6,877 ft) and its name is often used as the name for the whole East Peak. To the east of Zhaoyang Feng is Shilou Feng (石樓峰, Stone Tower Summit), to the south is Botai Feng (博臺峰, Broad Terrace Summit) and to the west is Yunű Feng (玉女峰, Jade Maiden Summit). Today, Yunű Feng considered its own peak, most central on the mountain.

The South peak consists of three summits. The highest summit is Luoyan Feng (落雁峰, Landing Goose Summit), with an elevation of 2,154 m (7,067 ft). To the east is Songgui Feng (松檜峰, Pines and Junipers Summit), and to the west is Xiaozi Feng (孝子峰, Filial Son Summit).

The West peak has only one summit and it is known as Lianhua Feng (蓮花峰) or Furong Feng (芙蓉峰), both meaning Lotus Flower Summit. The elevation is 2,082 m (6,831 ft).

With the development of new trail to Hua Shan in the 3rd through 5th century along the Hua Shan Gorge, the peak immediately to the north of Canglong Ling, Yuntai Feng (雲臺峰, Cloud Terrace Peak), was identified as the North peak. It is the lowest of the five peaks with an elevation of 1,614.9 m (5,298 ft).