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The Terracotta Army, Xian, China

Updated on January 28, 2015

The Terra Cotta Army

The famous Terra Cotta Army is located in Xian, China. Xian was originally known as or Chang-An was the political centre of China, and is a much bigger and far more modern walled city than Pingyao (The Ming Dynasty Banking Capital) .

The main reason for any tourist to visit Xian is to see the Terracotta Army, outside the city.

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The Terra Cotta Army

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The Terracotta Army Museum, Xian

The Terracotta Army Museum is a short drive from Xian centre, via the factory shop. There is of course another museum shop selling exactly the same terracotta figures that are available at the factory shop.

The museum is quite stunning. The scale of the terracotta army is incredible and you really have to see the hundreds of rows of individual life-sized soldiers to appreciate quite what an undertaking it was to construct this. There are four main human body styles, which were mass-produced, but the hands and faces were individually made and painted to make them unique. The paint has mostly gone now, but it is possible to imagine what this army would have looked like when originally completed. One of the farmers who found the site is still alive and signs souvenir books for tourists and gets amusingly grumpy if you take a photo of him (without paying)

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Other Things to Do

Other things to do in Xian

While in Xian it is also worth exploring some of the city wall and perhaps go to the theatre: Dim Sum is served at the theatre before the opera. Chinese Opera is apparently an acquired taste for western tourists. The tourist operas in Xian however are very obviously a "show" aimed at tourists and certainly not authentic.

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      fenellashorty 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting and an intriguing part of world history! Me thinks, there is more to it than meets the eye!

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      Afteretc 5 years ago

      Grrr, I went to China but didn't get to see this. Hopefully on my next trip if I can pull myself away from hugging pandas.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Always wanted to see these

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      neognosis1 5 years ago

      Very nice lens AndyPo. Useful information for those thinking about going and the story about the farmer is hilarious. I can just picture it.

      When you can, check out my lens on the Terracotta Army, why it was built and the first Emperor of China!

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      creativeinc lm 6 years ago

      I want to see this too!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I had heard about this, amazing

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice work!

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      oxynom 7 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I love it. I am going to tell my editors on my Thai News website to write something about this lens and probably feature it.

      I will comment here again once we do.

      Great Work

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      Joy Neasley 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I am traveling China, and really hope to get to stop by Xian and see the Terra Cotta Soldiers. I've seen so many pics of them, I can't wait.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I would love to see the Terra Cotta Army. It's fascinating.

      Thanks for sharing.


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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      I find the Terracotta Army fascinating! It is probably the only point of interest that could entice me to go to China. I was originally introduced to them by my most excellent Squidoo friend, jptanabe. Since then, I have done a bit of research on them and find them most intriguing.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      [in reply to Shelly] Hi Shelly. Thanks very much. It was certainly very interesting to see them all in China. A few of the warriors are doing a world tour and seem to crop up at various museums around the world too, so you might see them in a town near you one day.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Shelly emailed this lens to my and said it is interesting, it sure is. She must not have been able to leave a comment or it just didn't come through, as you know she is a fan of yours too.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel today!

      Hope things are great for you,


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What an extraordinary place to visit! Once again, you have introduced me to something in our world that I have never heard about--the Terra Cotta Army and this lens are fascinating!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens. The Terracotta Army has been on my list of things I would just love to see for a long time now.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      My step-son is studying Mandarin and we were just talking about this the other day. He's hoping to be an exchange student next year. I would also love to see the Terra Cotta Army in person. Very nice! Squid Angel Blessed.