Western Han Dynasty Terracotta Warriors

Western Han Dynasty Terracotta Warriors

Western Han Dynasty Terracotta Warriors
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mitchcort
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A bucket list experience. The pits are about a 10 mins walk from the car park but this is easy and pleasant walking with easy access for wheelchair users. It was a cold but pleasant day. Would not like to visit in the summer months as there is very little shade. Was expecting crowds of people but was pleased to find this was not the case. The warriors are standing proud and ready to meet the visitors. there is a small area where you can stand and watch the renovations of this proud army taking place.
Written 8 December 2019
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Andrew M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
My son and I visited this site primarily to view the terracotta warriors, but was surprised by the beauty of the park and the extensive tomb of the Chu prince. We arrived at 8am and were allowed into the park area. There were a few persons doing Tai Chi and walking. The museums did not open until 8:30am so we strolled around the park in the direction of the dig site of the "acquatic terracotta warrior" museum. To our surprise this museum was open, and we were able to view the exhibits without anyone being present. The site was originally a lake, then became an archaeological site when the warriors were found, the aquatic museum was built, then the site flooded again.

We returned to the gate to buy tickets at 8:30am (ticket office to the right of the gate, outside the attraction), then visited the tomb of the prince which was straight ahead from the entrance gate. The tomb was a great experience, as neither of us had seen an underground burial chamber before. The tomb was dimly lit which added to the setting, and there were small openings in the corridor leading to the main burial chamber. The openings were used to store items which were thought would be useful in the princes afterlife e.g. gold coins, jewellery, musical instruments etc. At the end of the tomb is a replica of the suit of gold that the prince was buried in. There was a small gift shop at the exit of the tomb tour.

Electric carts are available on the site, but the museums are close to each other, and the carts can be avoided unless you are really in need of them. We next visited the main museum, where the other pits were located. These were really impressive, as the length of the pits was much longer than at the aquatic site. There were many rows of warriors, and the layout of the infantrymen and horsemen was much clearer. There were exhibits of chariots, weapons, life size painted warriors. Near to the end of the exhibit there was a room with seats and a stage. There seemed to be a charge to attend this display, but we were pressed for time, and did not investigate further. At the end of the tour, there was the main gift shop where replica clay warriors could be purchased. I purchased a warrior (approx. 6" in height) for 120 yuan. I requested a receipt to ensure that there would be no trouble at customs on the way home, but never got one.

We really enjoyed our day here, and wished that we had enough time to visit the temple on the hill and the stone sculpture area. Taxis are easy to get on the main road, and are all metered. It costs about 20 yuan back to the railway station.
Written 28 July 2015
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Marjo H
Crafers, Australia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
In a gorgeous park setting these little warriors are in a very safe environment. Beautifully presented in a lake setting. definetely worth a visit. Visitors have space to wander about, get close to the exhibits and do not get smothered to death like in Xi'An. Very interesting history, well displayed.
Written 29 April 2019
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Yew Hong Ng
Singapore, Singapore195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
That's before Common Era. It was interesting walking into the tomb and see the chambers. I did not engage a guide as I had already watched a few documentaries of this tomb but without some prior knowledge it is better to engage a guide. The tomb was actually raided a hundred years after the burial, and the raiders knew exactly where to dig to get to the main chamber. Most of the gold were looted but fortunately a whole suit of jade armour was left behind as owning jade was exclusive to nobles and having it in the possession of commoners would spell death. Also, the raiders went straight for the main chamber leaving side chambers nearer to the opening of the tomb intact, so some items were excavated from those chambers. One of these intact chambers housed the remains of a man who turned out to be the King's Director of Kitchen (something like that) based on the seal that was buried with him. The King liked him so much he was killed as a sacrificial companion ... Unfortunately, the Xuzhou Museum where all these items are kept was closed when I was there (due to reopen only on 1 May 2019).

The actual owner of the tomb is still undetermined as no items were excavated with a name or date, but various clues point to either the second King of Chu, or the third King of Chu. All these make for good drama, especially since the third King of Chu led a rebellion against the Emperor of that period and was executed. And no other Kings' tombs were ever excavated with terracotta warriors.

The whole compound is huge - it consists of the tomb of the King of Chu (excavated) on the Southeast side, the tomb of the Queen of Chu (not excavated, nothing to see), the Terracotta Warriors on the Southwest side, and some other exhibits on Han dynasty carvings (not so exciting). The Terracotta Warriors are distributed into two sites - one on the Southwest side of the compound in a building where the exact locations of the warriors were found - one row has been restored with the warriors arranged in order, while the rest show the warriors in different stages of restoration including a last row that simply shows earth (not excavated). Warriors in this site are mainly infantry and bowsmen. North of this building, there's a lake with two buildings - these are where the cavalry warriors were found. However, soon after excavation for some reason they had to abandon the site as they had to flood the area (into a lake). It was only later that two buildings were built in the lake showing the two spots where the cavalry warriors were found (so it is kind of like a small underwater museum).

There's also a Buddhist temple on the North side which I did not visit.
Written 14 December 2018
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hankpop
Chacalal, Mexico45 contributions
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Jan 2017 • Business
I loved seeing the terracotta warriors. It's amazing to think they survived for over 2000 years in the mud and that they were only discovered in the 1980s. The Chinese government has done a great job of preserving and presenting them in the exact location in which they were found. One row of warriors has been completely excavated, another is partially excavated to show how they were found, and a third is not excavated at all, because leaving them where they are is the best way to preserve them. There's a beautiful part of the museum that is out in a building in the middle of a lake and that one has the most spectacular cavalry warriors. The museum is in Lion Mountain park, which is a very nice place to walk around and explore as well.There's a tram to take you around, if you aren't up for walking.
Written 15 January 2017
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Darren K
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
The Terracotta Warriors themselves were stunningly intricate and well preserved. Entrance also included various other historic tombs and temples on the site, all extremely interesting. The grounds themselves are gorgeous.

Advice: Allocate at least 3 or 4 hours to see everything. Wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking - especially to the temples at the top of the hill.
Written 23 March 2015
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AnnInPittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
What a surprise to find this collection of small Terracotta warriors! They are about 18 inches tall and each one is an individual work of art. Don't confuse these with the much larger (and more famous) warriors at Xian, China, but don't miss them either. I'm very impressed to see how the visitors center displays the 3 earthen trenches containing figures... one is excavated with broken figures fully reconstructed... one trench shows figures in various stages of excavation and reconstruction... and one looks like plain dirt and has not yet been excavated -- still buried and waiting for future technology to enhance scientific research on the buried figures. Originally the figures were painted when they were discovered but that color has since deteriorated. Our English speaking guide was wonderful and though our time there was only an hour or so, she made the most of our visit. Very well done.
Written 22 January 2014
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Tanollie
Wamberal, Australia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
We visited the warriors as part of an organised day trip around xuzhou. The exhibit is fantastic and the English speaking guide was very informative. Amazing to see the different stages of recovering the warriors. The attached museum is really interesting. It wasn't very busy, and easy to access all the exhibits. Don't miss it.
Written 20 October 2013
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Hu-Henderson
Beijing15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
This was a very nice little surprise to visit this location. Although not as impressive as the larger and more lifelike Terracotta warriors at Xian, this site is definitely worth a stop if you are in Xuzhou. The museum is very clean and modern and has many interesting exhibits. The only scam was the park had these shuttle drivers who charged a lot of money to drive a few hundred yards. Other than that, it was a nice experience with many interesting things to see.
Written 23 August 2013
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Susan H
Bethesda, MD20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
We went to Xuzhou and found this attraction accessbile, interesting, and informative. It's a very nice complex to walk around. We walked up to the temple at the top of the hill and the ticket was well worth it for everything it included. It provided a nice contrast to the exhibit in Xi'an and was definitely less touristy.
Written 2 July 2013
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