This may well be the best reason to visit China. It is an amazingly well done attraction. Not crowded. Not hurried, you can take all the time you need, and you need a lot of time.
This is a World Cultural Heritage Site. That should go without saying. The site provides abundant and detailed artifacts for historians and archaeologists to understand the society of the first emperor of the China he united, Qin Shihuang. It was built at his command over 2200 years ago.
Many of these warriors had weapons buried with them, such as bronze swords, longbows, arrows and spears. It is amazing, but these weapons were treated with chemicals to make them resistant to rust and corrosion. The swords discovered are still sharp after 2200 years. These chemical treatments were not used in the west for a thousand years.
When we arrived in Xian, it was our anniversary. China Highlight Tours met us at the airport with a wonderful bouquet of flowers for Mary Ann. Yes, they are a completely wonderful tour agency.
After the warriors we were scheduled to take a two-hour bike ride on top of the Xian city wall. But one big advantage of private tours is to be able to adjust your itinerary. I have an obsession for out of circulation currency from the countries I visit. I have a formidable collection already, but I wanted some Chinese currency. It is normally only available in antique stores. So I asked to go antique shopping. Lucky for us, the antique shops were right next to the wall we were scheduled to bike on!