No one can escape from the simple law of nature – death. Emperors are no exception. This tour will take you to explore the famed Terracotta Warriors and Hanyangling Mausoleum to understand Chinese history and tomb culture. The over 2,000-year-old amazing terracotta army of China’s first emperor, Qinshihuang, and numerous burial objects unearthed from the mausoleum of Emperor Hanjingdi and his empress were given as sacrifices to the emperors in the ancient time, but now they have become priceless treasures. They tell future generations the evolution of Chinese civilization and provide important evidences for studying history. We are looking forward to sharing Chinese history and culture with you.
2. Explore the Terracotta Figures Factory with your group, gaining insights into the intricate figure-making process.
3. Visit Hanyangling Museum, unraveling the mysteries of the Han Dynasty’s unique underground burial site.
After breakfast (8:00 – 9:00 am), your tour guide will pick you up from your downtown hotel. We will drive for about 1 hour to the first stop – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Before visiting the museum, we will explore a Terracotta Figures Factory. Gain insights into the figure-making process, appreciate exquisite artworks, and consider souvenirs like mini warriors. Upon arrival at the Terracotta Army, you will enjoy a 2.5-hour exploration of the museum. It is the largest and most numerous group of ancient clay figurines in the world. Built around 210 BCE, they were created as part of the funerary art for Emperor Qin Shi Huang after he unified China. The Terracotta Army includes infantry, cavalry, chariots, and generals, vividly portraying the grandeur and exquisite artistic skill of ancient armies. These figurines were crafted to reflect the actual composition and organization of the historical military forces, making them of immense historical and archaeological value.
In the afternoon, we will head to the famous Hanyangling Museum, located in Weicheng District, Xianyang City, to the north of Xi’an. It is the joint burial site of Emperor Jing of Han, Liu Qi (188-141 BCE), and Queen Wang. The underground museum within the scenic area is a highlight, using glass curtain walls and glass walkways to completely separate visitors from artifacts in two distinct temperature and humidity environments. Upon entering the burial passage, visitors can look down to see tens of thousands of artifacts, including various types of clay figurines such as soldier figurines and animal figurines. These figurines are only one-third the size of real people. Additionally, there are daily life items, chariots, and horse-driving equipment from that time.
After the tour, transfer you back to your hotel.
- All entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
- Simple lunch
- Transfer in an air-conditioned car
- Excellent English-speaking tour guide and experienced driver
- Personal expense
- Gratuities (recommended)