Half-Day Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Discovery Tour

Visit the biggest ancient burial site in existence, and uncover the amazing stories behind the Terracotta figures. Equipped with specific "weapons" to see the Terracotta Army in an efficient way. Taste the local people's favorite food at a farmer's house. Benefit from smartly-timed arrangements and no visit to tourist shops. As the top ranking on TripAdvisor and the most famous site of Xi'an, half-day excursion is more suitable for the short stay visitors.

Tour Highlights

Skip the line at the entrance of Terracotta Warriors Museum.

Use a telescope to get a closer view of the terracotta warriors.

Use an FM headset to keep out external noise disturbances.

Taste the local people’s favorite daily food at a local farmer’s house.

Smartly-timed arrangements with absolutely no shop detours.


Guide, Driver, Vehicle, and Customer Service Support

Guide: better than a normal licensed tour guide; friendly and helpful with fluent English

Driver: reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience

Vehicle: Air-conditioned business car (max: 7 seats) with GPS facilities, free in-car Wi-Fi, big windows, and ample space (at least one vacant seat guaranteed)

China Highlights Xi'an Office: 24/7 customer service, providing backup support

Professional product team analysis on every part of the trip to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.


Detailed Itinerary

The day before your tour date
Call from your guide

Call from Your Guide


We will send you an email before 6pm including the following information. (kindly check your junk mailbox if you do not receive the email. ):

  • Your tour guide’s name (along with his or her photo), telephone number, and a little introduction about him or her
  • Your driver’s name and a little introduction about him
  • Your vehicle type, number, and facilities available for you to use in the vehicle
  • Your collection time and a general itinerary for the day

Your tour guide will also contact you by telephone between 6pm and 9pm to confirm the exact collection time for the next morning. If you haven't received either a message or a call by 9pm, please contact the China Highlights Xi'an Office on 18182404759. We will solve your problems on the spot.

Collection from Your Hotel

Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel's lobby at the appointed time holding a placard with China Highlights' logo and your name on it.

Just in case you miss your tour guide, please ask the hotel's front desk to help you make a phone call to your tour guide or to contact China Highlights' Xi’an office using the 24/7 emergency hotline at 18182404759.

Why Leave So Early?

  • Most tour groups and crowds usually arrive late in the morning. We try to avoid wasting time spent queuing to get tickets and at the general admission line during the peak time.

China Highlights Tour Guide

China Highlights vehicle

Drive to the Terracotta Warrior Museum

Normally, it takes about 50 minutes to drive from downtown Xi’an to the Terracotta Warrior Museum, a distance of about 45 kilometers.

Xi'an Distance Map

You will acquire rich background information about the city from your well-educated, expert guide on the way.

Do something to make your trip more fun:

  • We recommend you watch the following video on YouTube about the history of the Terracotta Army and Emperor Qin Shi Huang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP5p4QbvPtc (this brief video is about 5 minutes long). Alternatively, you can watch this video for a more detailed introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-1IcaeuGnw (it takes about 45 minutes).
  • Questions to your guide are highly recommended. Instead of being just a trip, this makes for an interesting interaction.
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang

After going through three tickets gates, you will see this wonder of the ancient world with your own eyes. Three pits have been excavated and can be visited.

The largest pit, Pit 1, is believed to contain 6,000 warriors (only 2,000 are on display) and horses. They are all life-sized, facing east, and are lined up in battle formation. What is particularly striking is the fact that no two of them are alike.

Pit 2, which is smaller than Pit 1, contains around 1,300 warriors and horses, and it is still being excavated. It is worth mentioning that the figurines of general, the soldier on the horse, and the kneeling soldier were the first to be discovered in this pit.

The smallest pit, Pit 3, contains 72 warriors and horses, and is believed to be the army headquarters due to the number of high-ranking officers unearthed there.

The Bronze Chariot Pit exhibits two painted bronze chariots in a large scale in a small museum to the right of the main entrance. In ancient times, only the emperor, queen, and prince had the right to ride in this vehicle. The bronze chariots are the earliest, largest, and best-preserved bronze artifacts in the world, crowned as “the King of Bronze Ware”.

The last site you will visit is the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. According to historical records, the palace is filled with precious stones, and underground rivers of flowing mercury defend against intruders. Considered too dangerous to excavate, 95% of the mausoleum is still buried and its contents remain secret. The tomb has little to see, so we will visit the site by viewing at a distance instead of taking a close look at. You'll be transferred from the museum to the best ViewPoint where you can view the whole area of the Maosoleunm of Qin Shi Huang. You'll be shocked by the large size of the mausoleum. Your tour guide will tell the story why the Qin Shi Huang choose this site to expect to continue his rule in death as it had in life, and some inference about the structure and distribution of the underground palace.

Quick facts of Qin Shi Huang

Pit 1 is the largest one

Figures in Pit 1

Conservation and Restoration Open Workshop

How to make a terra cotta warrior

The Bronze Chariot Pit

Good to know:

  • Photography is not allowed in Pit 1 or in the Bronze Chariots and Horses Pit. However you can take photos in the north exhibition.
  • Your entrance ticket will be checked twice in the museum, at the pits containing the Terracotta Warriors and in the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. Please take care of your ticket.
  • It is very crowded and noisy during the peak season. In order to make sure you can hear what your guide is saying, we have prepared an FM headset so that you can hear your guide clearly and do not miss any interesting stories.
  • All three pits are protected from tourists by a certain distance restriction. The 8,000 statues of terracotta soldiers are all individual and it is impossible to find two of them that look exactly alike. Some look happy with slightly raised cheeks while some look sad with frowning eyebrows.
    However, as they are all protected from tourists by a distance of 20 meters, how will you see the details? As a privilege for our customers, you will be equipped with a telescope so that there will be no secrets left in front of you.
  • China Highlights has set up a Refreshments Kiosk at the Terracotta Warriors Museum. China Highlights customers will receive free drinking water at the service site.

Equipped with a FM headset

Equipped with a telescope

China Highlights Kiosk

Have Lunch at a Local Restaurant

In order to help our customers experience the most authentic Xi’an local food, we have selected a featured local restaurant near the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

There, you’ll have the chance to taste the local people’s favorite food, such as Rou Jia Mo (肉夹馍, we also call it a Chinese hamburger), Yang Rou Pao Mo (羊肉泡馍, pita bread soaked in lamb soup; your guide will show you how to break the bread into small pieces), noodles, and dumplings.

Please let us know your food preferences, such as a vegetarian diet, Muslim food, gluten-free food, etc. so that we can make preparations in advance.

Break the bread

Chinese hamburger

Drive Back to Your Hotel

We will transfer you to your hotel at the end of the tour. If you need to catch a flight or a train after the tour, please book the transfer service with us in advance.

Good to know:

If you plan to leave Xian after your tour, please check out from your hotel before departure.

  • You may leave your luggage in our vehicle.
  • You will be transferred to the airport or train station straight after the tour if you book the private transfer (price from 18 USD p/p) with us, to make best use of your time.
  • It normally takes about 1 hour to transfer from the city center to airport. You will need to be at the airport at least 1.5 hours before a domestic flight, or 2.5 hours before you’re an international flight.
  • Tell us about your departure time when booking, and remind our guide, and we will make arrangements accordingly.


What Makes Us Different

We offer a deeper exploration into the culture and history and a better experience.

We have prepared FM headsets and telescopes for our customers to make sure you can hear and watch clearly in the terracotta warriors while other groups are struggling and get lost in the crowds.

Travel your own way

Experience the real local life and culture of Xi'an people.

You will taste the local food and culture in a local way while other groups have to go to the tourist restaurant and eat the food just for tourists.

Experience the real local life

There are no shop stops, no long lines and waits, and no time-wasting activities.

We never take our customers to the tourist shops while other groups have to waste their time and money on the over-priced souvenirs.

No waiting, no time-wasting.

Tour Price

Season Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
Shoulder Season $79 USD $69 USD free
Peak Season $89 USD $79 USD free

* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: 01/Jan/2017 - 03/Jan/2017, 27/Jan/2017 - 03/Feb/2017, 30/Apr/2017 - 02/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 - 08/Oct/2017. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.

Price Includes:

  • Admission to Terra Cotta Warrior Museum and Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum park.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking expert local guide.
  • Lunch at a Xi'an local restaurant.

Price Excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person for them). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Airport transfer.

Additional information:

  • Guaranteed daily departure.
  • You'll be a part of a small group with maximum 6 people.

China Highlights Cancellation Policy for Xi'an Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

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