Skip to content
Please select your location:
Terracotta warriors in Xian

Trip Planner

You can now add pages from around our site to your own customisable trip whenever you see this icon.

Click the icon to create your first trip.

Ancient civilisations: The Qin Dynasty

The Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC) was a short period in Chinese history but one of its most important.

Emperor Qin Shihuang succeeded in defeating the warring states of Yan, Zhao, Qi, Chu, Wei and Han to unify a previously fractious China. He went on to standardise the currency and written script and embark on construction of the Great Wall amongst other projects.

Start planning your trip to China

Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.

Plan your trip with Audley

Our knowledgeable specialists can create a unique itinerary that visits the very best historic sites, along with a few places that you might not have known about. We've suggested a couple of sites below to help you get started.

Almost 8,000 strong and still standing guard surrounding Emperor Qin’s subterranean tomb, the famous Terracotta Army, complete with individually crafted swordsmen, archers, battle horses and chariots, was created to protect the emperor’s body in the afterlife. UNESCO protected, it is now one of China's most visited and iconic sites.

We also suggest...

Despite its importance and vast influence on China through the ages, few historic sites remain from the Qin Dynasty. Those that do continue to draw in visitors from across the globe, and if you are planning a trip to see the Terracotta Army, our advice would be to visit in the afternoon on a weekday as this may increase your chances of seeing this spectacle when the crowds are at their smallest.

Contact us to find out more about how we can create a personalised itinerary for you, including a visit to these sites. Or take a look at our suggested itineraries below, which can all be tailored to suit your own personal taste and budget.

Plan your trip

Tell us about your plans and one of our specialists will be in touch to plan a unique trip for you...

Make an enquiry

Request our China, Russia & Central Asia Brochure

Canada & Alaska Brochure CoverAudley China, Russia and North and Central Asia Brochure CoverAudley Galapagos Brochure Cover

Order your hard copies by post or PDFs by email.

Request brochure

Trip finder