Terracotta Army Tourist Attraction

Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army or the ‘Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses’ is a collection of more than 7000 sculptures depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China that were buried with the emperor in 210-209BC. A group of peasants uncovered terracotta sculptures in 1974 1.5 km east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum. Life size figures of warriors and horses are arranged in battle formations and represent the imperial guard of those days. It is believed that the army’s purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The terracotta figures vary in height, uniform and hairstyle according to rank. Originally, they were painted in different colours and held real weapons. The sculptures were manufactured by labourers and local craftsmen, and the material originated on Mount Li. Each statue was constructed to be unique, therefore facial expressions are different. Today the Terracotta Army is open for tourists and attracts a large number of people both from China and abroad.

Open hours

8:30 - 17:00


Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Phone: +86 29 8139 9001
34° 23′ 5.71″ N
109° 16′ 23.19″ E

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