Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum


Terra Cotta Warriors is considered a great archeological discovery in human history and worth one of the eight wonders in the world. The site is ranked high besides the Pyramids in Egypt and ancient sculptures in Greece, they are all the invaluable treasures of our world.

It was discovered at Xi'an in 1974 by a local peasant. It triggered the interest of Chinese archeologists, they excavated the 7,000 earthmade soldier and horse figures, which are taller and larger than the real live ones at that time (about 2,200 years before present). The most interesting thing is the facial expressions and the "hairstyles" of these soldier figures are different from one another. It took about 38 years with many craftsmen to complete the whole project. The site is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum in Lintong, Xian,

At the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his afterlife. After his death, he was buried at the north foot of Lishan Hill in the east of Lintong County. The tomb is a rammed soil mound, 47m high and its base is 485m 515m.

In 1974, three large pits of terracotta figures were found 1.5km east of the mausoleum. Among the three, the largest one is Pit No.1, covering 14,260 sq. m. The pit is divided into eleven corridors in which arrayed 38 columns of life-sized clay warriors, horses, and chariots.

Travel Tips:

1/ It takes about 3 hours to visit.

2/ There is a short film about the history of Terra Cotta Warriors, I think it is worth to watch.


Lintong district, Xi 'an city, Shaanxi province
Xi'an Shi Shaanxi Sheng

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Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum

Lintong district, Xi 'an city, Shaanxi province
Xi'an Shi
Shaanxi Sheng,

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