The Best Time To Visit The Terracotta Warriors Musuem – How To Avoid Crowds
The Terracotta Warriors is a Chinese national heritage, recognised and listed as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. Asides being a 5A tourist attraction in China, it is also widely regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. The figures, built by the ancient Qin Dynasty about 1800 years ago, were first discovered in 1974.
The construction of the Terracotta Warriors is quite complex. It is made of 4 pits – the first 3 pits are filled with statues of warriors while the last pit is empty. It is assumed that the construction of the 4th pit was paused due to the revolts of farmers at the end of Qin Emperor’s reign.
Based on the weather situation of this region, we recommend that travellers should visit from June through August, it’s the best time to come to Xi’an. The spring and autumn days are also convenient, but please don’t forget to avoid the peak time during Chinese public holidays in some destinations.
The best time to visit Xi’an is when the weather is temperate and temperatures are at a comfortable level (between 20°C / 68.0°F and 30°C / 86.0°F on average). This kind of temperature is only obtainable during June, July, August and September.
The Terracotta Army is not an outdoor tourist attraction, so it cannot be affected by weather. Since the pits are indoor, you can visit the site at any time of the year.
The Terracotta Army Museum is one of the most visited tourist sites in China. As a result, it is congested most of the time, especially during weekends and Chinese public holidays such as National Day Holiday (October 1–7) and Labor Day Holiday (May 1–3).
If you want to stay away from crowds, kindly follow the advice below:
- Rise up very early and try to get to the tourist site before the large bus-tour groups arrive at around 10am.
- If you can’t afford to wake up so early in the morning, you can visit the site in the afternoon when other visitors might have gone to grab lunch – that’s only if you do not mind having a late lunch.
- The crowds are fewer during the winter season, however, the dry and cold weather is not favourable for exploring Xi’an’s outside attractions.
Since the Terracotta Warriors is an indoor site, it is not affected by weather or season and you can visit all year round. However, if you don’t like crowds, it’s not advisable to visit Terracotta Warriors during certain periods of the year. This is because during these times of the year, the Museum is usually congested. In fact, most people joke that if you go there on any of these ‘busy’ days, and you are not taller than 1.75m, you will see more visitors leaving the Museum than Terracotta Army figures.
The periods of the year you should avoid includes:
- Chinese Spring Festival: This event usually takes place between late Jan and Mid Feb. There’s no fixed date. The Spring Festival is a Chinese holiday which allows the Chinese people have a 7-day leave from work. Lots of people travel with their families during this period. It’s also very difficult to find a guide during the Spring Festival because most of them would be on holiday with their families. Additionally, guide fee would also increase drastically.
- Chinese National Day Holiday (Oct 1-7): The Terracotta Warriors Museum is usually congested from the 2nd day to the 6th day of this holiday. Asides the congestion at the Museum, the traffic from Xian to Terracotta Warrior also becomes very bad. Normally, getting to Terracotta Warriors from Xi’an takes 45 min – 1 hour, but during National Day Holiday it may take 2 hours or more.
- Students Summer Vacation (Early July – End of August): Most primary schools, middle schools, and colleges in China usually observe their summer vacation the sane time. Therefore, the level of domestic tourism climbs to an all-time high within these two months. On days like these, The Terracotta Warriors Museum receives a huge number of visitors; huge, but not as huge as the numbers that visit during the National Day Holiday and Spring Festival.
If you intend to visit the Terracotta Warriors, just for the sake of it, then you can ignore all the information above. But if you want to get a close look at the figures, listen to the stories behind them and have an educative experience, then we suggest that you avoid visiting during the periods listed above.