(Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor)
For many foreign visitors, visiting the excavated Terracotta Army is a must. These Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors were supposed to safeguard Chinese first emperor – Qin Shihuang in his afterlife. He unified China in 221 BC for the first time in Chinese history and established Qin Dynasty Qin Dynasty (221–206 B.C.), thus starting China's over 2000 years’ feudal society.
These Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors are only a part of the yet unexcavated mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang located to its west (1.5km). Qin Shihuang's underground palace is still there and remains intact though some of the burial sites annexing to his mausoleum have been robbed. Why his own burial site or his underground palace still intact? It is said that his tomb has solid and strict anti-gravedigging system including secret crossbows which may kill people once you are inside the tomb, and a large amount of mercury which will emit much toxic air within the tomb.
If you buy a entrance ticket to visit the site of Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors, then the entrance ticket also enables you to visit the site of the unexcavated mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The two sites are combined for one entrance ticket. The tomb was built on Li Mountain, which is only 30 kilometers away from Xi'an.
RMB 150 (March 16 - Nov 15)
RMB 120 (Nov 16 - March 15)
Ticket sales from 08:30 to 17:00 (March 16-Nov.15), stop check-in at 18:35;
Ticket sales from 08:30 to 16:30 (Nov.16-March 15), stop check-in at 18:05
How to get there
Take tourism bus no. 5 (306) from east square of Xian Railway Station and get off at the stop of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses stop. One hour bus ride: RMB 7.
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
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