Being the oldest of China’s four great ancient capitals, Xian boasts a history marked by 13 dynasties establishing their capitals here, bequeathing a trove of rare cultural legacies. On this Xian historical day tour, delve into the richness of the past at four extraordinary sites: the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque, and the Muslim Quarter. Accompanied by an insightful English-speaking guide, unravel the city’s history, admire traditional Chinese architecture, witness ancient wisdom, savor authentic Shaanxi dishes, and glimpse into local life. Choose this Xian day tour for an enriching cultural feast!
2. Visit the Muslim Quarter to taste authentic Shaanxi and Muslim cuisine and experience the cultural feast of Xi’an!
3. Marvel at the Big Wild Pagoda – a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture from the Tang Dynasty in China, which was built to house the sutra scrolls and statues brought back by Monk Xuanzang.
After breakfast, your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your downtown hotel. Enjoy a comfortable transfer directly to the incredible Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. As you enter the excavation pits, be prepared to be amazed by the sheer magnitude of the terracotta army – an estimated 8,000 life-sized soldiers, chariots, and horses. Your guide will provide insights into the meticulous craftsmanship, detailing the individuality of each warrior and the historical context of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s burial complex.
After an enriching morning exploring the Terracotta Warriors, we’ll head for a delicious lunch. Dive into the culinary delights of Xian, savoring local specialties such as Biang Biang Noodles, Roujiamo (Chinese hamburger), and Yangrou Paomo (crumbled unleavened bread in lamb soup). Our guide will help you navigate the menu, ensuring a delightful gastronomic experience.
Following lunch, our journey continues to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic symbol of Xian. This ancient Buddhist pagoda, built in the Tang Dynasty, stands at an impressive height of 64 meters. Ascend the pagoda to enjoy panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscapes. Your guide will share the history of the pagoda, explaining its role in preserving Buddhist scriptures brought from India by the monk Xuanzang. Explore the surrounding gardens and learn about the cultural exchanges that occurred along the Silk Road.
Next on our itinerary is the Great Mosque, a hidden gem in the heart of Xian. This unique architectural masterpiece seamlessly blends traditional Chinese design with Islamic influences. Stroll through the peaceful courtyards, adorned with beautiful calligraphy and intricate carvings. Your guide will elaborate on the history of the mosque, highlighting its role in fostering cultural exchange. Marvel at the tranquility of the prayer hall and the unique blend of Chinese and Arabic elements in the architecture.
Conclude your day with a stroll down the vibrant Muslim Quarter, renowned for its lively atmosphere and diverse street food. Engage your senses as you explore the bustling market, filled with the aromas of exotic spices and the sights of colorful crafts. Sample local delicacies, from succulent lamb kebabs to sweet osmanthus cakes. Your guide will be on hand to recommend must-try snacks and share insights into the cultural significance of the area.
As the sun sets over Xian, our guide and driver will escort you back to your downtown hotel, ensuring a seamless and memorable conclusion to your day of exploration.