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Tour Overview

Xi’an, the former national capital of 13 dynasties, has a history of more than 3,000 years and has experienced many rulers and historical events. Xi’an has gained fame in tourism in recent years for its rich history and diverse cuisine. If you are a history buff or a foodie, this Xian itinerary is perfect for you!

On this 3-day guided Xi’an group tour, you will be guided to all the highlights of this ancient capital, such as the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, the Ancient City Wall and the landmark Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

In the food section, you’ll be overwhelmed by Xi’an’s wide variety of snacks, whether it’s halal food at Hui Min Street (Muslim Quarter) or a grand dinner at one of Xi’an’s most famous restaurants, such as lamb skewers, Biangbiang noodles, mirror cakes, and Calabash Chicken.

Travel destination: Xi’an
Suitable for: History Buffs, Foodies
Tour type: Group

Highlights of this tour:

  • Immerse in the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO world heritage site showcasing ancient Chinese military and artistic achievements over 2,000 years ago.
  • Explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a 65-meter-tall Tang Dynasty landmark housing Buddhist scriptures and offering a serene, historical atmosphere.
  • Experience a time travel at Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City, surrounded by Tang Dynasty-style architecture.
  • Indulge in Xi’an’s diverse snacks at the Muslim Quarter, savoring Biangbiang noodles, ice peak drinks, and soup dumplings.
  • Enjoy a bike cycling on Xian Ancient City Wall for some good views of the city.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to the ancient capital of thirteen dynasties - Xi'an! You can arrive in Xi'an at any time convenient by plane or train (it is suggested to arrive before 6 pm), and arrange the transfer to the hotel by yourself. You could take a taxi, then check in at the hotel with your passport.

    At 6:00 pm, the local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and then start your Xian Food tour. You will be taken to the Muslim Quarter - a concentration of Xi'an snacks, for a variety of authentic snacks including Biangbiang noodles, ice peak (a kind of drink), soup dumplings, mirror cake, sour plum soup, dried persimmon, and lamb skewer.

    Meal: N/A

    Xian Muslim Quarter
    Food stalls in the Muslim Quarter

  2. After breakfast, your local English-speaking guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. An hour's drive from the city center will bring you to our first stop on today's Xi'an tour - the Terracotta Warriors.

    It is no exaggeration to say that this is an absolute archaeological marvel where you will see thousands of life-size clay soldiers, horses and chariots. The site was built over 2,000 years ago to accompany China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Incredibly, each soldier (about 8,000) displays a unique expression.

    Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Army

    Optional: If you are interested in making a small replica of the Terracotta Warriors, we are happy to arrange this for you. The making time is about 1 hour and costs 90 RMB per person.

    After lunch, we will return to downtown Xi'an to visit another city landmark - the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. At around 65 meters tall, the pagoda was built in 652 (in the Tang Dynasty) to store Buddhist scriptures brought back by Xuanzang from India. Afterwards, proceed to the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City, which is adjacent to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is like time travel when you stroll among the many Tang Dynasty style buildings.

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda Xian
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    In the evening, your guide will take you to one of Xi'an's most famous restaurants for a sumptuous dinner, including Calabash Chicken, Hele Made of Buckwheat Flour, Small Hard Flour Pancake with chili, etc.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

  3. Today, we will head to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a historic Buddhist structure dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Visitors will marvel at its elegant architecture and intricate carvings, reflecting ancient Chinese craftsmanship. Surrounding gardens offer a tranquil retreat, ideal for leisurely strolls. Inside the attraction, you will have a chance to visit the Xian Museum which shows you more about this historical city.

    Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda
    Small Wild Goose Pagoda

    Next, go to Xi'an Ancient City Wall, and you will be introduced to the most complete and oldest city defenses with ancient walls, ramparts, gates, watchtowers, and horse passages. You can walk on the massive wall (tall, long, and thick), or rent a bicycle (optional, rent the bike at your own expense) to get some good views of the city and the surrounding moat.

    Xian City Wall bike ride
    Ride a bicycle on the City Wall

    We will leave the city area for the airport at about 2 p.m. You're suggested to book a flight around 5-6 pm to avoid long waits at the airport.

    Thank you for choosing the China Xian Tour for your trip to Xian. Safe travels! Look forward to seeing you on your next trip!

    Meal: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Excellent English-speaking guide service from Day 2 to Day 3;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spot as mentioned in itinerary;
  • 2 nights' 4-star hotel with daily breakfasts;
  • 1 bottle of mineral waters per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to/off Xian;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions, such as bike ride on City Wall;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
  • Pick-up service from the airport or train station.
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