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Visiting Xian and not seeing the Terracotta Army would be like going to Cairo and not seeing the Pyramids or visiting Dublin and not drinking Guiness! There are numerous tour operators and private taxi drivers all willing to take you to the see the army and leave with your wallet considerably Iighter so if you want to go by yourselves here’s how we did it…

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Our Hobotip:
There is a bus that leaves from the parking lot outside Xian station for the Terracotta Army on a regular basis with tickets costing just 7 Yuan each way. The bus number is 306 and it can be found in the bus parking area to the right of the station as you face it. When we arrived there were several 306 buses there with the number clearly displayed at the front so don’t be tricked into taking one of the more expensive ‘tourist’ buses nearby! Tickets are bought from the attendant after you board and the Terracotta Army is the last stop on the bus route. It takes around an hour to get there depending on the traffic. When you arrive, the bus stops near some food stalls and it’s a short walk to the ticket office, just follow the crowds and you’ll find it. Entry tickets have gone up in price from what’s stated in the Lonely Planet and are now 150 Yuen each which is damn expensive for China but you either pay up or leave so I guess they can charge what they like! Once you’ve got your ticket, you can either pay an extra 5 Yuen to get a golf buggy to take you to the main site or head back and walk the long way around past all the souvenir shops and food stalls to the other entrance, the choice is yours. With the cheapest tour we saw costing 260 Yuen and our ‘DIY tour’ costing 164 Yuen each we saved 96 Yuen per person which is equivalent to about 20 large beers each – bargain!!

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