The Terracotta Warriors and Horses

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang is touted as the largest underground military museum in the world.

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang, also known as the Terracotta Army of Qin Shihuang, is an amazing collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shihuang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210-209 BC and whose purpose was to help guard his empire in his afterlife. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang is widely known as the largest underground military museum in the world.

There are 3 main pits associated with the terracotta army. These pits are located about 1.5 km east of the burial mound and are about 7 meters deep. The figures, dating from the 3rd century BC, were unexpectedly discovered in 1974 by some local farmers at Lintong District, Xian, Shaanxi Province, near the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang. The figures vary in height, according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. It’s roughly estimated that the three pits houses more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits. Other terracotta non-military figures which were also discovered in other pits include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses was inscribed on the list of the World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987. On May 8th, 2007, it was approved as a China National AAAAA Tourist Attraction.

Chinese Name: 秦陵兵马俑
Chinese Pingyin: Qin Ling Bing Ma Yong
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00 with the last entry at 18:35 from March 16th to November 15th; 08:30-16:30 with the last entry at 18:05 from November 16th to March 15th.
Admission Fee: 110 RMB/person (roughly 21 NZD/person)
Phone: +86-29-91399127
Website: http://www.bmy.com.cn

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