We have just spent the most fantastic 2 days in Xian thanks to Sophia from China Xian Tour ([email protected])
Sophia organized for us to be collected from our hotel in Beijing and delivered to the Beijing West Railway Station for our ride on the fast train to Xian – everything worked like clockwork and the train was fabulous – hardly seemed like we were traveling in excess of 300 kms/hour most of the way.
Mr Chen (our driver) was waiting for us at the station in Xian and delivered us to the hotel – Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza. Imagine our delight when we got to our room to see the fantastic view from our window of the famous
South Gate and the wonderful illuminations on top of the town wall.
Next morning after a very nice breakfast, Noble (our tour guide) and Mr Chen called for us and we headed off to see the Terra-cotta Warriors. Noble has studied tourism at University and his knowledge of Xian culture and history was amazing – he knew exactly where to take us and in what order – all our questions were answered.
Lunch was in a local restaurant and then it was back into the Centre of town for some more highlights. Firstly Muslim Street with it’s wonderful food stalls – we even tried the soft shell crab on a stick – the street was brimming with colour, noise & fun. Then off to the Drum & Watch Towers and finally, we climbed the many steps to the top of the Wall – what an experience up there, looking down over the moat.
We were so fortunate to be in Xian for the Lantern Festival, which is the last night of the Spring Festival – the City is abuzz with lights & decorations and I think that every one of the 10 million residents is out on the street! We wandered the streets safely and had a great meal at a local restaurant.
Next morning we were up early again with Noble & Mr Chen taking us to Shaanxi History Museum and the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery – once again we were treated to a very informative guide to the history of Xian. Lunch was at another local restaurant and it was sensational – nothing like we have experienced before.
Sadly it was time for us to say goodbye to Noble & Mr Chen at the railway station for our fast train back to Beijing – they had been so helpful everyday, with our luggage and friendliness – even helping me out of the car and up the steps where needed!! A bottle of water always there for us in the car too.
We arrived in Beijing and were met at the gate and taken to Beijing International Airport- so efficient – even taken right to Qantas check in, without having to find it for ourselves.
We cannot speak highly enough of Sophia and her team – we would certainly use them if we are fortunate enough to return to China. Everything worked like clockwork. All emails were replied to promptly and we knew exactly what to expect. We believe that we got excellent value for our money paid.
Thank you Sophia
From Greg & Libby