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Tour Overview

Discover the ancient wonders of Xian and the modern charm of Chengdu in this captivating 6-day tour. Xian, with its rich history, unveils the marvel of the Terracotta Warriors—a testament to China’s ancient civilization. As you wander through Xian’s cultural tapestry, indulge in its diverse cuisine. Journeying to Chengdu, experience the city’s laid-back vibe and witness the adorable giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Chengdu, renowned for its teahouse culture and spicy Sichuan cuisine, adds a contemporary twist to this historical adventure. Immerse yourself in the best of both worlds on this unforgettable journey.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Marvel at the magnificent terracotta warriors and explore Xi ‘an’s long history.
2. Discover the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China by cycling or strolling on it.
3. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which has over 1,300 years history and preserves the Buddhist relics.
4. Take a close encounter with the lovely baby pandas in Chengdu Panda Base.
5. Be amazed by the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world – Leshan Giant Buddha, known as “a mountain is a Buddha, and a Buddha is a mountain”.
6. Challenge your taste bud to enjoy the real Sichuan cuisine in Wide and Narrow Alley.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Xian, our attentive driver will be readily identifiable, holding a personalized sign to warmly welcome you at the airport or train station. Then he/she will escort you to the hotel in the downtown area. The remainder of the day is yours to explore at your leisure, offering you the flexibility to immerse yourself in the city's rich history or simply unwind as you wish.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Xian

  2. Enjoy a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned car from your downtown city center hotel to the east. Before reaching the Terracotta Warriors, a visit to a special factory precedes, offering insight into the warriors' creation and providing an opportunity to purchase imitation pieces. En route to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, pass by the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC). When he ascended the throne at the age of 13, he ordered 720,000 conscripted laborers to build him a royal tomb. It took some 38 years to complete, and it was so magnificent that it set a precedent for future feudal rulers. You will delve into history as you explore the museum's gallery, housing 8,000 life-size sculptures showcasing unique features in the Emperor's extraordinary funerary art.

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

    Next, immerse yourself in Chinese history at the Ancient City Wall which usually leads to people's first impression of Xian: old with a long history. This is not surprising, since when you reach the city center you have to pass through the gates of the city wall, and this 600-year-old brick wall is certainly remarkable in the minds of strangers. It was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to protect the city as a military defense.

    Finally, you will be transferred back to your downtown hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Xian

    Xian City Wall Bike Riding
    Bike Riding on the Xian City Wall

  3. Get picked up by our driver and guide in the morning after your hotel breakfast. Please prepare your luggage well and take it with you when you board the car.

    Today's first stop is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China. You will follow the guide to enter the Da Ci'en Temple where the Pagoda stands. Listening to the interpretation of your expert guide, you will immerse yourself in this bright pearl on the Silk Road with excellent architectural beauty, precious Buddhist relics, rich religious culture, and stories of the famous ancient monk - Xuan Zang. After lunch, you will get to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, aka Jianfu Temple Pagoda, which is the twin of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Both the two pagodas are important witnesses to the history of the Great Tang Dynasty (618-907). Similar to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda was also built to store the Buddhist scriptures brought from Ancient India by the master monk Xuan Zang in the Tang Dynasty. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda, surrounded by a peaceful garden, receives fewer visitors compared to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It provides a quieter and more contemplative atmosphere.

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Xuanzang

    After lunch, you will stroll around the famous Muslim Quarter. It's a paradise for the food-goer as you can find all the authentic local and even Chinese northwest area food here. Strolling on the stone-paved street, your eyes will be well feasted, and mouth watered with all kinds of snacks alongside.

    After the tour, you will be transferred to Xian North Train Station for your 4-hour train journey to Chengdu (Train G1835/17:10-21:09 or a similar one). Our Chengdu driver will wait for you at Chengdu station when you arrive.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Chengdu

    Xian Food in Muslim Quarter
    Lamb Skewers in the Muslim Quarter

  4. After enjoying your breakfast, accompany your knowledgeable local guide to explore the Panda Base, Chengdu's premier attraction. The panda, a cherished national treasure of China, is renowned worldwide for its adorable nature, bringing joy to many simply through its playful antics and eating habits. This excursion offers a unique opportunity to witness these captivating creatures up close. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding stands as the world's largest panda facility, boasting over 80 pandas. Allocate approximately 2 hours to immerse yourself in the delightful company of these charming pandas during your visit.

    Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
    Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

    After lunch, go to Wuhou Temple, the only temple in China that is in memory of both the emperor (Liubei) and his courtiers (Zhuge Liang with other heroes in the Kingdom of Shu). It is also the most influential heritage museum of The Three Kingdoms. Jinli Street is right next to the Wuhou Temple, you can enjoy the handicrafts of kneading clay and sugar painting, visit shops with characteristics of the Three Kingdoms, shadow puppets, the chopsticks shop, etc.

    The last stop today is Wide and Narrow Alley. It is typical Qing Dynasty West Sichuan architecture style. You will wander the allies here and listen to the informative explanation about the history and story of these places.

    Finally, end the tour day with hotel drop-off.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Chengdu

    Chengdu Wuhou Shrine
    Wuhou Shrine

  5. Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel after a hearty breakfast. Buckle up for a comfortable ride from Chengdu to Leshan City, an approximately 2-hour journey. Arriving in Leshan, marvel at the breathtaking Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Standing at a towering height of 71 meters, this colossal stone sculpture carved into the cliff face is a remarkable sight. Your guide will lead you to the stairs, allowing you to get up close and appreciate the intricate details of this ancient marvel. Take your time to absorb the cultural and historical significance of this colossal masterpiece.

    After your exploration of the Leshan Giant Buddha, recharge with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Savor authentic Leshan's cuisine, renowned for its bold and flavorful dishes.

    Following lunch, embark on a comfortable journey back to Chengdu. Enjoy the scenic landscapes along the way, and perhaps engage with your guide to learn more about the region's history, culture, and traditions. Upon your return to Chengdu, the afternoon is yours to explore the city at your own pace. You may opt to relax at your hotel, wander through local markets, or visit nearby attractions.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Chengdu

    Leshan Buddha Statue Boat Trip
    Leshan Buddha Statue

  6. It's time to say goodbye. Our driver will transfer you to the airport or train station for your home departure journey. It's a pleasure to have you on our 6-day Xian and Chengdu tour. Wish you a safe journey!

Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

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

 

Price includes

  • 5 nights economy accommodation (2 nights in Xian and 3 nights in Chengdu)
  • 2nd class seat for Xian-Chengdu bullet train
  • Transfer mentioned above with an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned above
  • 4 Chinese-style lunches
  • Airport pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day
  • Group tour shared with other travelers
  • China Travel Insurance for per pax

Price excludes

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guide service on the train
  • Any item beyond “Price Includes”
  • Any optional item
  • International flights and visa
  • Gratuities and personal expense
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