Listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1987 and honored as “the Eighth Wonder of the World”, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors presents unparalleled achievement of ancient China and attracts about 8.5 million visitors in last 2018. Totally, more than 200 leaders of foreigner countries paid a visit to the Terracotta Army to witness the glorious treasure. Where is the Terracotta Warriors located in China? Obviously, getting its location information helps you better plan a Terracotta Warriors tour and even a longer trip with other nearby destinations.
The Terracotta Warriors is situated in Guanzhong area, Shaanxi Province (陕西省), Northwest China which neighbors with many inland provinces including Inner Mongolia in the north, Shanxi and Henan Provinces in the east, Chongqing, Sichuan and Hubei Province in the south, Gansu and Ningxia in the west.
Geographically, the Terracotta Warriors lies at the foot of Li Mountain (骊山), north of Qingling Mountains (秦岭), south of Wei River (渭河) and the traditional Guanzhong Plain.Terracotta Warriors’ Location on China Map
Arrival Ideas: To visit the Terracotta Warriors, all tourists have to get to Xian first. You can fly to Xian Xianyang International Airport (西安咸阳机场, IATA： XIY) directly from Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul, Paris, Tokyo, Osaka, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and total 46 cities abroad, or transfer from Beijing, Shanghai and else connected cities in China by air or train.
Are the Terracotta Warriors in the Forbidden City? Just kidding! The Forbidden City, or known as the Palace Museum is in Beijing, North China region, while the Terracotta Army is now exhibited in Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum (秦始皇陵博物院). To be specific, the massive Terracotta Warriors is displayed in original excavated pits, about 1.5km east of the tomb of Qinshihuang, Lintong District (临潼区), east suburb of Xian City.Terracotta Warriors' Location in Xian City
|Travel Route||Transport||Total Time||Travel Route||Transport||Total Time|
|Pingyao → Xian||by bullet train (D trains)||about 2.5 - 3 hours||Xian → Zhengzhou||by high speed bullet train (G & D trains)||about 2 - 3 hours|
|Xian → Luoyang||by high speed bullet train (G & D trains)||about 1.5 - 2 hours||Chengdu → Xian||by high speed bullet train (G & D trains)||about 3.5 - 4 hours|
|Xian → Lanzhou||by bullet train (D trains)||about 2.5 - 3.5 hours||Xian → Chongqing||by high speed bullet train (G & D trains)||about 5.5 hours|
With the entrance tickets, tourists can visit two major areas of the museum: the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang (including the Terracotta Army with the First Qin Emperpor’s Mausoleum’s Relics Exhibition Hall), and 1.5km-far Lishan Park (including Tomb of Qin Shihuang, Acrobatics Figures Pit, Civil Official Figures Pit).
The Terracotta Warriors are mainly displayed in three different pits, in east side of the tomb. After you seeing the soldiers, you can take free shuttle bus to Lishan Park and continue to visit other kinds of clay figures buried with the emperor.
North China has been politic center in many important regimes during ancient China, meanwhile, Xian once was ancient capital for 13 dynasties and the east starting point of “Silk Road”, all that leave profound culture and history, and splendid nature to discover in Xian and with surrounding destinations like Luoyang and Zhengzhou.
Apart from closely looking the Terracotta Warriors in suburb, there are more things to do to sense the ancient Xian in downtown. You can cycle around the Ancient City Wall to touch old masterpiece in a modern way, taste characteristic street food and snacks in Muslim Quarter, learn gorgeous history in Shaanxi History Museum, view beautiful night views of Bell Tower and Drum Tower in city center, see another far-back cultural fusion in Big Wild Goose Pagoda, watch featured ancient music and dance shows, etc. Of course, Xian has much more cultural sites for your exploration.
With short distance and convenient transportation, Pingyao, Luoyang, Huashan and some destinations are also good idea to contact different landscape of China beyond Xian. If you’re a nature adventure, go and enjoy the Huashan Hiking. More prefer cultural spots? Take a fast bullet train travel to visit Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, over 2,700-year old Pingyao Ancient City in Shanxi. Or spend 1 hour’s train journey, go westward to see the Buddhist holy land - Famen Temple in Baoji, 2 hour to visit Maijishan Grottoes in Tianshui, Gansu Province.
China is full of fascinating and diverse tourism resources. As you like, you can travel Xian with Beijing, Tianjin in north China, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou in east China, or Chengdu, Chongqing, Zhangjiajie, Guilin in south China, even follow the “Silk Road” to Lanzhou, Xining, Xinjiang in northwest China. You can choose from our top recommended China tours or tell us your hobbies to make your a unique and memorable trip.
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