Xian, a city steeped in thousands of years of Chinese history, and Chengdu, renowned for its leisurely pace, offer contrasting yet complementary experiences. While Xian serves as a historical treasure trove, Chengdu captivates with its relaxed lifestyle. For many international visitors, Chengdu is synonymous with pandas. This 6-day tour seamlessly combines the best of both cities, providing a comprehensive exploration of their unique charms, ensuring an enriching journey through China’s cultural and natural wonders.
2. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show, a captivating spectacle that brings ancient Chinese culture to life in vibrant Xian.
3. Stand in awe of the majestic Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic symbol of Xian, where history unfolds amidst serene surroundings and panoramic city views.
4. Witness the playful charm of Chengdu’s giant pandas at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, a heartwarming encounter with China’s beloved national treasures.
5. Uncover the mysteries of ancient China at the Sanxingdui Museum, where extraordinary artifacts provide glimpses into a sophisticated civilization lost to time, near Chengdu.
- Day 1: Xian Arrival
Upon your arrival, the local guide will meet you at the airport by holding a name board. Then, transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure.
Accommodation: in Xian
- Day 2: XianTerracotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall, Shuyuanmen Ancient Street, Tang Dynasty Show (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Hop on a journey through time as your experienced tour guide and skilled driver pick you up from your hotel lobby at 08:30 am. The day promises to be an immersive exploration of Xi'an's cultural treasures. Arrive at the iconic Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. As you step into Pit 1, marvel at the grandeur of the approximately 8,000 life-sized terracotta soldiers, chariots, and horses, each meticulously crafted to guard the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Your knowledgeable guide will unveil the mysteries surrounding this ancient mausoleum, sharing tales of its creation and the historical significance it holds.
Continue your exploration of the site by visiting Pits 2 and 3, where you'll encounter more intricate details and diverse formations of the terracotta army. Gain insights into the artistry and craftsmanship involved in creating these clay soldiers, each bearing a unique expression and pose.
After immersing yourself in the wonders of the Terracotta Army, indulge in a delightful Chinese lunch at a local restaurant.
Return to the heart of Xi'an to explore the Ancient City Wall, a well-preserved fortification that encapsulates the city's rich history. Optionally, choose to enhance your experience by biking along the top of the wall, offering unparalleled views of the city and its surroundings. Descend from the ancient walls and wander through the enchanting Shuyuanmen Ancient Street. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, where traditional shops, tea houses, and local performances come together to create a charming blend of past and present.
As the day transitions into the evening, treat your taste buds to a delightful dumpling dinner, a local culinary delight. Conclude your day with a mesmerizing cultural experience at a renowned theater. The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show will transport you back in time, featuring captivating performances with elaborate costumes, graceful dances, and enchanting melodies.
Accommodation: in Xian
- Day 3: XianBig Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque (Breakfast + Lunch)
After your hotel breakfast, meet your guide and driver for a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Initially constructed in the early Tang Dynasty (618-907), it housed sutras and Buddha statues brought from ancient India by Master Xuan Zang. Today, the area surrounding the pagoda is a favored recreational spot for locals, often frequented for morning exercises. Then, pay a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a historic Buddhist structure dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Immerse yourself in the city's cultural tapestry at the Xi'an Museum, where artifacts and exhibits narrate tales of Xi'an's past. Unearth the secrets of this ancient city through these fascinating landmarks.
In the afternoon, drive to visit the Great Mosque, a place of worship and a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Explore the fusion of Islamic and Chinese architectural elements, meandering through courtyards adorned with elegant archways and traditional calligraphy. Learn about the mosque's role as a center for religious activities, exemplifying Xian's cultural diversity. Then, take a walk on Muslim Street, a bustling market where you will taste Muslim food if you like.
Accommodation: in Xian
- Day 4: Xian – Chengdu by FlightDufu Cottage, Wangjiang Tower (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning meet the driver and transfer to the airport for a flight to Chengdu. Arriving in Chengdu, met by local guide and driver. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Chengdu.
After lunch, you will be escorted to visit two places in the afternoon: Dufu Cottage and Wangjiang Tower. Dufu Cottage is the residence of the great Chinese poet Dufu in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and now it is the national first-grade museum in China. Wangjiang Tower located in Wangjiang Park is an excellent place to appreciate traditional Chinese style architecture.
Accommodation: in Chengdu
- Day 5: ChengduPanda Research and Breading Center, Sanxingdui Museum(Breakfast + Lunch)
At around 08:30, our English-speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from the Chengdu downtown hotel, and your amazing exploration will begin!
The first scenic site will be the exciting Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, which is well known for the protection and breeding of the endangered giant pandas which are unique to China. The base is a highlight for most visitors to Chengdu. There are adorable pandas everywhere. You can watch them eating bamboo, playing with each other, and of course, sleeping. Your tour guide will navigate you through the huge area, share some information about the pandas, and help you take amazing photos.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Sanxingdui Museum. The large number of cultural relics explain some basic facts of the local area from 2800BC-1100BC. The various strange and interesting bronzeware, jade articles, goldware, pottery, and bone artifacts will impress you deeply.
Accommodation: in Chengdu
- Day 6: Chengdu Departure
Our guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel and send you to the airport for your flight back home after this pleasant Xian Chengdu tour.
- Economy class flight Xian – Chengdu
- All entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
- Chinese style lunch
- Hotel with breakfast
- All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
- Air-condition car and driver, English-speaking tour guide
- One bottle of mineral water per day
- Personal expense
- Gratuities (recommended)