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Tour Overview

Xi’an is one of the most influential capitals in the history of China. What’s the first thing you think of when it comes to Xi’an? Terracotta Army? As a thousand-year-old capital, Xi’an has more to offer, from the solemn monuments to delicious Yang Rou Pao Mo, the 4 days Xian food tour combining culture, history, and food is designed to offer you an in-depth discovery of this charming city and create new travel memories.

Xian is far more than just the Terracotta Warriors (Don’t worry. We’ll visit it too).

Our 4-day trip will show you around Xian which has been a culinary center for thousands of years and offer you an insight into its unique food culture.

When the night falls, the city’s alive. A variety of snack stands fills the streets. Follow the guide to explore the streets and have a taste of local barbecue, Biangbiang noodles, crumbled flatbread in mutton stew (Yangrou Paomo), and Xi ‘an people’s favorite drink – Ice Peak!

What will it be like to live in the traditional Farmers’ Cave (Yaodong) in 2024?

You will be transferred to the Shaanxi countryside to stay overnight in a cave-dwelling. The cave-dwelling is a kind of unique residential building in northwest China, in which the main houses and country yards are carved out of cliffs. You will meet Rocky, a man whose cave house has been well-maintained for over 200 years.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Wander through hidden streets and alleys to hunt for mouthwatering Xi’an delicacies;
2. Stay overnight at the traditional farmer’s cave, go deep to the living of local people, relish cave-style meals;
3. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site Terracotta Warriors;
4. Enjoy strolling or biking on the well-preserved Ancient City Wall.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Arrive in Xian and be greeted by your friendly guide and driver at the airport or train station, who will assist with your luggage and provide an overview of the day's plan. As you transfer to your hotel, your guide might share interesting facts about Xian's history, culture, and must-see attractions.

    Check in to your hotel and take a moment to appreciate the comfort and amenities it offers. If you arrive before 3 pm, consider a brief exploration of the hotel's vicinity or relax in the hotel's communal areas.

    Your guide will provide additional information on local highlights and answer any questions you may have. At 6 pm, embark on a tantalizing evening food tour led by your knowledgeable guide. Wander through bustling food courts, where the aroma of local dishes fills the air, and immerse yourself in the lively street scenes. Sample a diverse array of Xian's specialties, from savory skewers to mouth-watering noodles, gaining insight into the city's rich culinary heritage. The food tour concludes at a charming local brewery, where you can unwind and enjoy a refreshing beverage while soaking in panoramic views of the beautifully lit city walls.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

    Xian Food Biang Biang Noodles
    Biang Biang Noodles in the Muslim Quarter

  2. Today, you will enjoy a classic Xian city tour, exploring notable landmarks and immersing yourself in the city's rich cultural offerings. Begin your day at the imposing Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a Tang Dynasty marvel rising to 65 meters. Built in 652, it preserves Buddhist scriptures brought back by Xuanzang from India.

    Proceed to Shuyuanmen Ancient Cultural Street, where a bustling array of stalls, echoing the architectural styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, awaits your exploration. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you navigate through the vibrant crowds seeking treasures among a diverse assortment of offerings. Discover an eclectic mix, ranging from calligraphy, paintings, and brushes to inks, paper-cuts, antiques, jade articles, and even folk music instruments. This cultural marketplace promises an enriching experience, allowing you to indulge in the traditional charm of Xi'an's historical treasures.

    Xian Shuyuanmen Cultural Street
    Calligraphy and paintings sold at Shuyuanmen

    Then, ascend the Ancient City Wall, an emblem of Xi'an's historic and modern juxtaposition. Stroll its expanse or opt for a bicycle ride, enjoying panoramic views of the ancient city and its stunning moat. Sure thing, today you will also delight your palate with Shaanxi delicacies, savoring Lamb Paomo (Pieces of Flat-bread Bun Soaked in Mutton Soup) and Chang'an Hulu Ji (Gourd-shaped Chicken). Cap off your culinary journey with specialty ice cream, a delightful indulgence after dinner. Today's adventure seamlessly blends historical exploration, cultural immersion, and gastronomic delights for a comprehensive Xi'an experience.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

  3. Dive into the heart of local life by exploring the morning market in the alleys of Xi'an. As the city awakens, witness the hustle and bustle of stalls offering an array of local authentic foods and snacks. Navigate through the lively atmosphere and discover the vibrant energy of the morning. Immerse yourself in the local neighborhood's daily life at flea markets, where a treasure trove of souvenirs, antiques, artworks, and more awaits. Engage with vendors and fellow shoppers as you soak in the dynamic and eclectic offerings.

    Xian Morning Market
    Morning Market in Xian

    Then, a 1-hour drive will take you to Lishan Mountain, where enchanting cave dwellings await your exploration. These cave dwellings, carved into the cliffs over centuries, stand as a testament to the resourcefulness and harmony between humans and nature. Wander through the countryside, surrounded by the tranquility of nature, as you take a leisurely hike to explore the cave dwellings. Admire the simplicity and ingenious design of these homes, each with a unique charm that reflects the passage of time.

    Encounter Rocky, a resident whose cave house has been carved out of cliffs and impeccably maintained for over 200 years. Engage in conversation, learning about the history, architecture, and daily life within these remarkable cave dwellings.

    Xian Cave Dwellings
    Cave Dwellings

    Enjoy a delightful dinner featuring a variety of rural Shaanxi dishes, creating a memorable culinary experience. Revel in the simplicity and authenticity of the flavors as you dine in the unique ambiance of a cave-dwelling. Stay overnight in the cave house, allowing the cool, earthy walls and natural surroundings to cocoon you in a unique and unforgettable overnight experience.

    Accommodation: Cave House

  4. Indulge in a unique cave-style breakfast before embarking on a brief 30-minute journey to the world-famous Terracotta Army - an indispensable Xi'an attraction. This site, ranked among the top ten invaluable ancient tombs, captivates visitors with over 8,000 life-sized sculptures portraying an ancient army. Witness the diverse assembly, featuring seasoned veterans and youthful soldiers, each meticulously crafted with distinctive poses and individualized facial features. Immerse yourself in the historical marvel that showcases the craftsmanship and attention to detail of a bygone era.

    Terracotta Warriors and Horses Xian
    Terracotta Warriors photographed by our customer in April 2023

    Following your exploration, our attentive team will arrange your transfer to the airport or train station for departure. The Xian North High-Speed Train Station welcomes you around 4 pm, while the airport greets you approximately at 5 pm, ensuring a smooth transition for those with later departure schedules

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

  • Entrance tickets of all attractions mentioned in itinerary;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 3-night hotel with breakfast;
  • All transfers among airport, sites, and hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle with experienced licensed driver;
  • English-speaking tour guide.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses and optional activities;
  • Gratuities is highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights to and from Xi’an;
  • Single room supplement fee if clients request a private hotel room;
  • Any item not mentioned in itinerary.
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