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Tour Overview

How to plan a best tour from Xian to Zhangjiajie? Both Xian and Zhangjiajie have attracted visitors here and there to travel and never let their visitors down. Take this 6 Days History & Nature Exploration Tour from Xian to Zhangjiajie to explore the best highlight attractions covering Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Bailong Elevator and so on. In this tour, you will have a better understanding of China’s long history and splendid culture as well as the picturesque natural landscapes.

Highlights of this tour:

*Shocked by the grand Terracotta Warriors and Horses to explore the long history of Xian.
*Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which has over 1300 years history and preserves the Buddhist relics.
*Satisfy your taste bud in the food street of intangible cultural heritage-Yongxingfang Food Culture Square.
*Discover the wonderland of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
*Challenge yourself from the 999-step to the amazing Tianmen Cave.
*Marvel at the highest elevator in the world to appreciate the beauty of Zhangjiajie—Bailong Elevator.
*Enjoy the picturesque landscape in Golden Whip Stream and listen to the fairy tale of this place.
*Challenge yourself to walk on the World’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge-Sky Walk.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival at Xian airport/train station, our local driver will pick you up from the exit gate and transfer to the downtown hotel for check-in. Free and easy on your arrangement for the rest of the day.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Xian

  2. After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the iconic Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a testament to the ingenuity of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Discovered in 1974, this vast army of meticulously crafted clay soldiers, chariots, and horses serves as a captivating representation of the afterlife beliefs of ancient China. Marvel at the lifelike soldiers, each with distinct expressions and details, standing guard over Emperor Qin's mausoleum. Gain insights into the historical significance and the painstaking restoration efforts that have revealed the intricate details of this ancient masterpiece

    Xian Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    After lunch, we will drive back to the Xian downtown area to visit the Ancient City Wall. Built during the Ming Dynasty, this well-preserved structure encapsulates centuries of history within its massive ramparts. As you walk atop the wall, feel the echoes of the past and appreciate the panoramic views of the city that have witnessed the ebb and flow of time. If you're feeling adventurous, you have the option to pay extra and ride a bike on the top of the City Wall, providing a unique perspective of the city.

    Later, take a nice stroll down Shuyuanmen Ancient Culture Street. This quaint street lined with many shops selling the four basic items for Chinese calligraphy (writing brush, ink stick, ink slab, and paper) is different from any other streets in Xian. The structures built in the style of the Ming and Qing dynasties add the place more charm. If you are interested in Chinese arts and crafts, you can pick some souvenirs here. Don’t forget to bargain. Last, follow your guide to check out Yongxingfang Food & Culture Quarter. The street is an amazing place to sample some delicious local food and see how the local people relax themselves. There are plenty of food options. If you are the kind of person who likes to try all kinds of new food, this street will not disappoint you, and remember to visit it on an empty stomach.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Xian

    Xian Shuyuanmen Cultural Street
    Calligraphy and paintings sold at Shuyuanmen

  3. As one of the most famous historical cities, Xian has lots of interesting places to go! Today you will explore the must-see sights in the Xian downtown area.

    Begin your journey at the Shaanxi History Museum (closed every Monday), among China's largest and most renowned museums. Home to cultural treasures unearthed in Shaanxi Province, it boasts a national-level collection in both quantity and quality. Guided by an expert, traverse the museum to pause at priceless exhibits, delving into the concealed history and splendid civilization of China, which flourished in Xian, a capital for over 13 ancient dynasties.

    After that, proceed to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. En route, your guide will illuminate the history and culture of this ancient city, providing insight into why numerous renowned relics were unearthed here. Originating in the Tang Dynasty in 652 A.D., the pagoda was constructed to house Buddhist sutras and Buddha figurines brought from India by Xuanzang. Encircled by a vast square divided into North and South Squares, the pagoda's buildings and statues boast Tang-style design, offering a glimpse into the everlasting splendor of that era.

    Shaanxi History Museum in Xian
    Tri-colored glazed potteries of the Tang Dynasty in Shaanxi History Museum

    PM: Continue your visit to Bell and Drum Tower Square, which is located in the center of the city and has played a crucial role in timekeeping and signaling throughout the ages. Walking forward, you will come to the vibrant Muslim Quarter. This bustling area is a cultural melting pot, reflecting the diverse influences of the Silk Road. As you wander through the narrow, lively streets, you'll encounter a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and aromas. Explore the various stalls and shops that line the streets, offering a wide array of unique local products, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Don't miss the opportunity to sample some of the best authentic local snacks, such as lamb skewers, Roujiamo (Chinese hamburger), and pita bread soaked in lamb soup.

    Xian Bell Drum Tower Square
    Bell & Drum Tower Square

    Last, you will be escorted to the airport for your evening flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival, our local driver will pick you up from the exit gate and then transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Area

  4. After breakfast, begin today's journey with a visit to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China's inaugural national forest park and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site since 1992. Delight in the unique forest of quartz sandstone peaks, where pillars soar hundreds of meters into the sky. Wander through serene valleys, experiencing the revitalizing effects of the fresh mountain air as you explore this enchanting natural wonder.

    Then, head to Yellow Stone Village. With an altitude of more than 1200 meters, it’s the largest and best observation deck to overlook the quartz sandstone peak forest. You can hear the story of Zhang Liang being saved by Huang Shi from your guide while you are walking, and you may come across cute monkeys on the way.

    Huangshi Village Zhangjiajie
    Take a cable car to the top of the Yellow Stone Village

    Following that, proceed to the Golden Whip Stream, a captivating site in Zhangjiajie known for its breathtaking beauty. Meandering through hills and valleys, the stream derives its name from the nearby Golden Whip Rock. Immerse yourself in the gentle murmurs of the stream, stroll along the valley, and pause to marvel at the fish gracefully swimming in the crystal-clear waters, creating a serene and picturesque experience.

    After the relaxing hiking, take the sightseeing bus to exit the forest park and drive about 40 minutes to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. Move on to challenge yourself at the longest and highest Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in the world with a length of 430 meters. You can have a panoramic view of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon while walking on the transparent glass floor. You may be scared to step on the bridge at first, but once you take the first step, you will enjoy the magnificent view of flying waterfalls, lush forests, and running streams.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Area

    Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
    Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

  5. Today’s first stop is Tianzi Mountain, where a popular saying claims that after experiencing this majestic site, all other mountains will pale in comparison. If fortunate, you may witness a stunning sea of clouds post-rainfall. Marvel at the rugged rocks and a forest of stone peaks, resembling a battalion of warriors attentively receiving orders. Tianzi Mountain promises a breathtaking spectacle that captivates the imagination.

    Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain
    Tianzi Mountain

    After that, continue to explore the enchanting Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, famously featured as Hallelujah Mountain in the iconic movie Avatar. Experience the marvel of the Bailong Elevator, recognized as the world's tallest and heaviest outdoor elevator. Be astonished by its remarkable speed, ascending to Yuanjiajie in just 1 minute and 58 seconds. As you step out, a mesmerizing landscape unfolds, with towering quartz-sandstone pillars surrounding you. Conclude the day's activities and transfer to Zhangjiajie downtown for an overnight stay.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie Downtown Area

    Zhangjiajie Bailong Elevator
    Bailong Elevator, the highest outdoor elevator in the world

  6. After breakfast, follow your guide to explore another highlight of Zhangjiajie - the Tianmen Mountain National Park.

    Firstly, drive to the cableway base for you to take the cable car up to the top of Tianmen Mountain. With a length of 7,445 meters, the Tianmen Mountain cableway is regarded as the longest cableway in the world. The one-way cable car ride takes about 28 minutes. The half-hour ride is an excellent chance to see the picturesque scenery of the mountain. Arriving at the mountain top, you will first pay a visit to Tianmen Temple. The temple was built in the Ming Dynasty and is the Buddhist activity center in the western Hunan Province.

    Next, you will take a walk on the vertiginous Skywalk built by transparent glass. For some people, it is a test of courage! Then move to the Tianmen Cave (Heaven's Door Cave). This natural stone archway is 131.5 meters high and 57 meters wide. It will take about half an hour to walk through the famous cave. Last, take a shuttle bus down to the mountain foot by the 99-bend Road - the scenic round hill road. You’ll be dropped off at Zhangjiajie airport/train station for departure.

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    Tianmen Mountain Heaven's Gate
    Tianmen Cave

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.


Price includes

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in centrally located hotels with daily breakfast
  • Xian - Zhangjiajie flight ( economic class )
  • 5 Chinese style lunch as listed in itinerary
  • Entrance tickets as listed in itinerary
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
  • Government taxes

Price excludes

  • China Visas or international flights
  • Any dinner
  • Ride bike on Xian Ancient City Wall
  • Any optional activity / battery car / shuttle bus inside the attraction
  • Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance
  • Any item beyond “Price Includes”
  • Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)
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