Our Terracotta Warriors Experience

May 9, 2015

terracotta warriorIf you a planning a visit to China then Xi’an is a must for your itinerary.  This is the home of the famous Terracotta Warriors.

This was a highlight and an expensive treat given our time constraints, however I could not go to China and not see this amazing place.  I had asked others who had visited and they agreed it was a must so we squeezed one day into our itinerary to visit.  Of course, one day is not enough for anywhere however sometimes you have to take what you can and be grateful for the experience.

We woke at 4am, collected by our driver who took us to the airport.  The flight takes around 2 hours and I was a little nervous flying a local airline in misty conditions over mountains.  However, in hindsight these experiences are what makes travel interesting.

Upon arrival in Xi’an and we were met by our guide a lovely young woman and a driver.  She took us everywhere!  We started of course at the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses.  The Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses were discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well.  It is one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th Century and I was so pleased that we made the effort and expense to visit.

They are remarkable and it is hard to imagine a farmer accidentally coming across them in his field.  There are 6,000 life-size painted terracotta warriors and horses and were made to protect the mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang.  They are over 2,000 years old.

Excavation is not complete however we saw three sections and it is something I would recommend.  China has now announced they are continuing with the excavations.

After lunch, we travelled to Xian City to visit the ancient City Wall which was used to protect the city in ancient times.

The final stop was to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was built in 652.  This Pagoda is a holy place for Buddhists and very well preserved buildings.  I could wander through there for hours.

We were finally transferred back to Xian airport to take the flight back to Beijing after the tour. We walked into our hotel room at midnight exhausted but exhilarated by our tour.

Our guide and driver was excellent and spoke English very well.  We learnt so much in such a short time and have fond memories of that day.

I was also surprised to find that Xi’an is more than just the Terracotta Warriors and could easily spend a few days there.

Have you seen the Terracotta Warriors?  I’d love to hear your story.


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  • Reply Sandy Sandmeyer May 19, 2015 at 09:19

    Sue, my son loved learning about the terracotta warriors when he was a kid. They are so fascinating. Thank you for sharing at #AnythingGoes.

    • Reply sue May 19, 2015 at 12:17

      They were amazing Sandy! I hope one day he can visit them. Thanks for your comment

  • Reply Carlyn May 21, 2015 at 06:11

    I have never been to China before but I would certainly like to see the Terracotta Warriors. I think it’s so amazing that archaeologists are still discovering more of them.

    • Reply sue May 21, 2015 at 11:25

      Hi Carlyn they are magnificient and yes apparently there are many more undiscovered. Thanks for the comment.

  • Reply Kathleen May 22, 2015 at 17:38

    So very interesting Sue, I love hearing of archeological finds. I did see a team doing a dig in Papua New Guinea some years back.
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    • Reply sue May 24, 2015 at 06:41

      Yes it is so interesting. We are looking at a cruise to Papua New Guinea it must have been very interesting seeing them actually dig at the site.

  • Reply Kim Hilbert May 22, 2015 at 22:35

    I can imagine what my husband (little garden farmer) would say if he found these in his garden. “Great. I wanted to get this tilled today and now I have to move all these darn statues. I’ll never get the seeds in to the ground.”

    I imagine that the farmer was less than pleased since he had work to do and this was in his way. 🙂

    I would love to see these, but I’m not a traveler and China is way too far away for my comfort. Thanks for the pictures.

    • Reply sue May 24, 2015 at 06:43

      Yes it would be a surprise! I’m glad I can bring them to you and that you enjoyed looking at the photos. Thanks for your comment, Kim

  • Reply Patrick Weseman May 23, 2015 at 00:48

    They are too cool. I saw them when they traveled to San Francisco a couple of years ago. They were amazing. Just simple amazing and the whole back story is even cooler.

    But to see them in there home would be so cool. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply sue May 24, 2015 at 06:44

      They are great Patrick and I’m glad you got to see them. Looking at them all in Xi’an was awe inspiring. Thanks for your comment.

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