The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is one of the top attractions in China. It is known to the world as the eighth wonder. It is not unearthed totally because of technological problems, but the part unearthed is valuable enough to shock the world. It is the top must-see attraction in Xi’an, and more, in China. As for the best time to visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses, there are several factors to be considered: the climate and the weather, the entrance fee, the degree of crowding and other factors.
Referring to the climate, the best time are spring and autumn. The weather in Xi’an is mild with four distinct seasons – a warm but variable spring, a torrid and wet summer, a cool and rainy autumn and a dry and cold winter. It is warm and comfortable between March and May and the climate in early autumn, that is, from September to October, is also a good time for a visit. But the weather tends to fluctuate in spring and early autumn. It is better to know the concrete weather beforehand. Moreover, the temperature differs from morning to night, and sunlight in the morning relatively comfortable.
The entrance fee is different in different times. It is CNY150 from March 1 to the end of November while it is CNY120 from December 1 to the end of February. The fare is the through ticket of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Park, including the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Lishan Garden and shuttle buses inside the scenic area. The ticket fee is referred not only because of the price, it also tells when visitors go to the scenic spot usually.
For the degree of crowding, the official holidays must be considered. There are seven official holidays in China, which are new year (January 1-3), Chinese new year (January 1-7 in lunar calendar), tomb-sweeping day (about April 5), labor day (May 1-3), mid-autumn day (August 15 in lunar calendar) and national day (October 1-7). In the official holidays, visitors crowd to the attractions and it is so crowded. It is better to avoid the time period in tour-planning.
There are other factors, for example, when there is an international conference held in Xi’an, the attraction may be closed for the special reception of the senior officials.
From the above, it can be seen that the best time to visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses can be affected by several factors. From the climate, the best time is middle spring and early autumn. But it is so crowed in the time periods. For comfort, the official holidays of China should be avoided. And from December 1 to the end of February，the tickets are favorable.
To add up, the ticket is sold from 8:30 to 17:00 from March 16-Nov.15, while it is from 08:30 to 16:30 during Nov.16 and March 15. Visitors are stopped to check-in at 18:35 in the former and they are stopped to check-in at 18:05 in the latter time period.