The Terracotta Army – or Terracotta Warriors as they are often referred to – is the number one reason travelers from all over the world visit Xi’an. Discovered by several humble farmers who were digging for water, it is hard to believe nobody even knew the Terracotta Army existed before 1974 when it was ‘resurrected’ after being buried for 2,200 years. A visit to the army’s ‘barracks’ reveals extraordinary creativity and attention to detail that is difficult to fathom. Each soldier is individual and lifelike, telling a story about the life and times of the Qin dynasty at this time. Visits to the tombs usually last half a day, however, it’s possible you won’t find this enough to absorb this remarkable feat of planning and construction that has survived centuries underground.
Update: July 27, 2021