Day tour to Terracotta Warriors museum and other attractions in Xi'an

April 30, 2006

Where is Terracotta Warriors Museum located? This amazing collection of terracotta statues representing soldiers and horses, known also as Terracotta Army, is located in Xian (China). But a day tour to Xian lets to discover not only this archeological wonder, as the city offer also an interesting Provincial Musem, the great city walls, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the only Mosque in the world built totally in oriental style (at 2006).

Xi'an provincial museum
The day tour in Xi'an starts from Xian Provincial Museum.

 

Xi'an provincial museum
Xi'an provincial museum
Pictures of Xian Provincial Museum, where artifacts illustrating the history of Xian and China are collected.

 

Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
The Xian day tour continues with a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a buddist temple where no picture is permitted inside (like often happens for buddist temples).

 

Photo of the gardens surrounding the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian (China).

 

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
More photos around the courtyard at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

 

Old city wall, Xian, China
The day tour in Xian continues to the ancient wall that was built around the city for defense, about 600 years ago. It has a total lenght of 45 kilometers.

 

Old city wall, Xian, China
Pictures of Xian taken along the ancient walls around the downtown: views from East gate (the main gates are East, North, West, South, plus many other minor gates).

 

 

The following day, my tour program in Xian has an half day excursion to Terracotta Warriors site and museum.

 

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A tour to Terracotta Army site lets to discover several excavations that have brought to light this archeological wonder. In these pictures, the first pit. It is estimated that about 7-8000 statues are buried in the ground, with only 1000 currently exavated. The others will remain buried until a technique to keep the original colors forever, will not be discovered (sadly, all the excavated statues have lost their colors).

 

Terracotta warriors, Xi'an, China
Terracotta warriors, Xi'an, China
Terracotta warriors, Xi'an, China
Pictures of Terracotta Warriors represented by statues with very fine and amazing details. Every statue has a different face, as they were modelled by thousands of different artists. The statues may measure up to 1.90 meters in height, with a weight of 300 kilos.

 

Unfortunately, many warriors statues were destroyed when the emperor's dynasy ceased. However, most of them are under rebuilding and maintenance.

 

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More photos of Terracotta Warriors showing the incredible fine details on bodies and faces.

 

A view from behind.

 

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Terracotta Army pictures showing warriors in different shapes and colors.

 

The pit number 3. Many statues are without the head, probably because they weren't finished.

 

The pit number 2. Here the statues, at spring 2006, are almost all buried.

 

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Original statues of warriors and horses, found intact and protected by glasses inside the Terracotta Army museum.

 

Terracotta warriors museum, Xian, China
The Terracotta Army tour ends observing a beautiful bronze statue found in the site.

 

Thermal springs, Xi'an, China Thermal springs, Xi'an, China
The excursion in Xian continues now with a visit to the hot springs, a place used by the emperor as winter residence.

 

Emperor hot springs, Xi'an, China
The water has a temperature of about 43 degrees celsius and was used for baths and showers. On the left picture, a spring, on the right, one of the pools.

 

The gardens all around are very nice and colorful.

 

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Other views on the gardens around the hot springs in Xian, used as winter residence by emperors in China.

 

The Great Mosque, Xian, China
The day tour in Xian finishes with a visit to the Great Mosque, the only mosque in the world entirely made by oriental architecture style.

 

The Great Mosque, Xian, China
The Great Mosque, Xian, China On the top pictures, the way to the praying hall. On the left, the praying hall.

 

Xi'an, China
A picture of Xian taken from the hotel.

 

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