Terracotta Warriors

In 1974 local peasants were drilling a well in Xi’an when they felt the ground give way. They didn’t know it at the time but they had just discovered the greatest archaeological find in Chinese history – three huge subterranean vaults containing 8000 carefully built terracotta warriors. Standing silent guard over the remains of Qin Shi Huang – one of the few emperors to unite the warring factions of China – these incredible specimens are now on display for the world to see. We’ll get you behind the scenes of Xi’an to hear from locals what the Army has done for the region, and what secrets it has yet to reveal…

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The perfect blend of family time and action-packed discovery – master Chinese cuisine in Yangshuo, get up close with pandas in Chengdu and visit Xi’an’s Terracotta Army.

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Best time to visit

China is a vast country with a whole host of weather patterns, but Xi’an is thankfully pretty predictable. March to May is generally a good time to travel, as temperatures are mild and rain is unlikely. The same goes for September to October, when temperatures hang around the 20°C mark. 


Forgotten fact

Not all who were buried beneath the earth were made of terracotta. Many workers and concubines were entombed with the emperor Qin Shi Huang to protect his secrets.

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