Xi’an

China is full of so many wondrous sights and experiences.

Again, another big tick off the bucket list was seeing the Terracotta Warriors.

You need to see this amazing spectacle with your own eyes to truly appreciate the scale and grandeur of this attraction.


Trip date

12/06/2011


Where we stayed

7 Sages (Qixian) Youth Hostel

Courtyard 5 of QiXianZhuang, Xi’an, China

3 nights (12/06/11 – 15/06/11)


What we saw and did

The main reason for going to Xi’an was to see the amazing Terracotta Warriors; a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang who was the first Emperor of China.

It’s estimated that there are around 8000 warrior sculptures, 130 chariots, 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses.


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When they were created they would have been painted decoratively and would have carried weapons.


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Each of the sculptures is unique and it’s said that each one was sculpted in the likeness of its creator.


Terracotta Warriors

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Beautifully sculpted horses.


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As expected not all of the warriors are complete.


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Not all of them made it.


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Put yer spuds in. You won’t get this unless you were an 80’s child and were born in the West Midlands, UK (probably).


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We visited during the Chinese holiday season so it was absolutely rammed and incredibly noisy in there. My advice would be to try and visit at a time that isn’t a Chinese holiday so it’s not so crazy. It didn’t detract from our enjoyment but I would have preferred a visit when it was less busy.


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Doing my thang. Always on the lookout for the angle.


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Not all of the warriors are standing; many adopt various poses.


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Serena trying to blend in with the locals.


Learn more about the Terracotta Warriors and Xi’an


Some interesting facts about Xi’an


1. The Silk Road starts from Xian City. It also happens to be home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

2. With the revival of Chinese Mainland economy, Xian has seen increasingly become a center for culture, industry and education for the central northwest region.

3. Xian is home to China’s research and development facilities, national security and China’s space exploration program.

4. Xian is the capital of the Shaanxi province and a sub-provincial city.

5. With a landmass of approximately 16,808 km² of urban area, Xian is one of the averagely populated cities in China. It is surrounded by 8 rivers, the biggest of which is River Wei.

6. Amazingly, you will find an unlikely feature in the heart of Xian – the 1250 year old Great Mosque of Xian.

7. Xian is the birthplace of Chinese civilization as attested by museums such as Shaanxi History Museum, Xianyang Museum, Banpo Museum, Forest of Steles Museum, and Fule International Ceramic Art Museum.

8. If you are a visitor, make sure you get to sample foods such as Roujia Mo, Xi’an Kabobs, Guan Tang Baozi, Biang Biang Noodles, and Yang Rou Pao Mo that are served in the Xian restaurants.

9. If not for anything else, visit Xian to learn China’s history. It was a capital for 13 empires under 70 emperors.

10. The name Xi’an, as it is written in Chinese has a meaning. ‘Xi’ means west and ‘an’ means peace. In full, it is translated as peace in the west.

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