Planning A Terracotta Warriors Tour From The Airport
As one of the world’s four great ancient cities, Xi’an City is renowned for being the starting point of the Silk Road. The city was formerly called Chang’an, a familiar name which evokes a sense of pride amongst the Chinese.
Globally, Xi’an is regarded as the most magnificent city in Chinese history. The Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an is an amazing work of art that everyone needs to see. Discover everything about the Terracotta Army: facts, how and why they were created, museum location, tours, etc.
The Museum of Qin which houses the Terracotta Warriors and Horses (also called the Terracotta Army) is situated almost 1.5 kilometres east of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and constitutes a large part of extensive necropolis. Over one thousand terracotta soldiers were exhumed at this museum, each with a unique facial expression. Just by standing in the presence of this magnificent underground army, you will feel the glorious might of the Qin Emperor, with which he unified six warring states two thousand years ago. The Qin Emperor Ying Zheng started building the mausoleum for himself when he was just 13. To complete this huge project, he had to employ the services of almost 72,0000 men and they worked on it for 38 years!
The distance between the Terracotta Army and the Xi’an Xianyang International Airport is 66 kilometres. Getting there by car takes about 55 minutes.
Xi’an Airport Flight Schedule
- International Flights: The check-in counters usually shut down 40 – 60 minutes before departures. Therefore, travellers are advised to arrive the airport 2 – 3 hours beforehand.
- Domestic Flights: The check-in counters usually shut down 40 minutes before the airplane’s scheduled departure time. Therefore, travellers are advised to arrive the airport 1.5 – 2 hours beforehand.
Travelling To The Terracotta Army From Xianyang International Airport
Below are three different routes that lead you to the Terracotta Army, from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.
- 1st Route
Airport Shuttle Bus to Fangzhicheng > Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)
Directions: Board a shuttle bus at the airport and head to Fangzhicheng Bus Station. This ride takes about 70 minutes and you’ll have to pay CNY 25 for it. The shuttle bus departs every 30 minutes, and operates from 7:30 to 20:00 each day.
When you get to the Fangzhicheng Bus Station, enter tourist bus line 5 (306) which will take you straight to the Terracotta Army in 1 hour 30 minutes. You’ll be required to pay CNY 5 for this trip.
- 2nd Route
Metro Line 13 > Line 4 > Line 1 > Tourist Bus Line 5 (306)
Directions: Take metro line 13 (Airport Line) and board a ride to Beikezhan North Square Station. When you arrive the station, enter line 4 and head to Wulukou. At Wulukou, switch to Line 1 and alight at the terminal of Fangzhicheng Station. This trip lasts for over 1 hour 30 minutes and you’ll be required to pay CNY 22.
When you get to Fangzhicheng Bus Station, enter tourist bus line 5 (306) which will carry you straight to the Terracotta Army in 1 hour 30 minutes. This trip will cost you CNY 5.
Note: All buses depart from a street-side bus stop, located at the north of the Fangzhicheng Bus Station.
iii) 3rd Route
Shuttle Bus to Lingtong > Bus Lingtong 101
Airport shuttle buses move to Lington Bus Stop at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, 18:00 and 19:30. You can travel down to Lington Bus station with any of them. The trip takes about 1 hour and it’ll cost you CNY 31.5.
At Lintong Bus Station, board Bus No. Lintong 101 which will take you to straight to the Terracotta Army within 20 minutes or so.
If you’re visiting the Terracotta Warriors for the first time and you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding reliable taxis/public buses, queuing for tickets, reading maps, or trying to understand Chinese sign, you can opt for the services of a private car rental company service or enjoy a private tour.
Things To Look Out For
The main features of the museum are the three pits where the warriors are laid out, and the display of bronze chariots.
Pit 1: This pit is the biggest and most inspiring. It has about 2,000 terracotta warriors on display.
Pit 2: This middle-sized pit comprises the most army units, with hundreds of archers, chariots, mixed forces, and cavalry on display.
Pit 3: This is the smallest pit and it symbolizes the command post.
When visiting the Terracotta Warriors, we advise that you explore the site in this sequence: Pit 1 – Pit 3 – Pit 2 – Bronze Chariot Exhibit. Following that sequence will help you get a good grasp of the Terracotta Army story, from general to detailed information.
Exhibitions: Thousands of life-size clay statues, ancient weapons, jade and gold ornaments, and bronze chariot replicas will be on display.
Tour Duration: You’ll spend about two to three hours exploring this magnificent site.
If you’re a passport holder of 53 countries and regions, you’re allowed to have a 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit when you take an international transfer through Xianyang Airport.
Note: The 72-hour visa-free transit does not take the place of the 144-hour visa-free transit that was introduced in Xi’an on Dec. 1, 2019.
144-hour Visa-free Transit in Xi’an
The 144-hour visa-free transit policy has been in existence in Xi’an since December 1, 2019. The policy stipulates that from December 1, 2019, international passengers from 53 countries can have a visa-free layover in Xi’an, inasmuch as they meet the requirements. Within the aforementioned timeframe, passengers have the freedom to leave the airport and explore Xi’an City and the neighbouring Xianyang City. This means that they can stay in the city for as long as long as 144 hours (six days).
How Do I Utilize The 144 Hours?
- Visit The Eighth Wonder Of The World: If it’s your first time in China, you really need to visit the Terracotta Warriors – the underground army that has protected Emperor Qingshihuang’s Mausoleum for over 2,200 years. You will be surprised to see several life-size statues of warriors, horses, and chariots.