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Tour Overview

Literally, no one goes all the way to Xian without visiting the world-renowned terracotta warriors and horses. This amazing underground army dates back to the first emperor of China. This Xian day tour will lead you to see the rows and rows of life-size terracotta soldiers standing in the pits which seem to be ready to defend against any enemy. In addition to the terracotta warriors, you will also visit the Hanyangling Mausoleum to see the great treasures unearthed from the mausoleum and learn some things about the ancient Chinese burial system from your knowledgeable guide. The unique part of this tour is that you will pay a visit to an interesting cave house. You will be amazed by the dwelling’s structure. You and your guide will meet the host and have a glimpse of the local people’s lives. An exciting and unforgettable experience is waiting for you in Xian!

Highlights of this tour:

1. Get a glimpse into the legendary history and facts of the impressive Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
2. Visit traditional dwellings in Northwest China – Cave Houses, which are cool in summer and warm in winter.
3. Admire pottery figurines carved as servants, riders, and domestic animals at the Hanyang Mausoleum, and see a large number of statues and pottery through the glass floor.

 

After breakfast at your hotel, your Terracotta Warriors and Cave Houses tour begins with a prompt pick-up by our friendly tour guide and skilled driver from your downtown hotel.

 

Today’s journey will take you to the northwest region to explore the traditional dwellings known as Cave Houses. Until the 1970s, the caves were the primary homes for locals. Learn about the art of carving a cozy dwelling into a hillside, complete with consolidation and decorative elements. Discover how these ingenious structures offer natural climate control, keeping inhabitants cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Next, you will be transferred to the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses. This extraordinary archaeological find, unearthed by local farmers, unveils the secrets of China’s inaugural emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and his grand mausoleum. Dating back over two millennia to the Qin Dynasty (221–206 BCE), the Terracotta Army comprises thousands of life-sized clay soldiers, horses, and chariots intricately crafted to accompany the emperor in the afterlife. Each figure bears uniqueness, depicting the varied ranks and roles within the imperial army.

Marvel at the meticulous craftsmanship that went into creating this army, guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Witness the life-sized soldiers, chariots, and horses, each uniquely crafted, and learn about the historical significance of this archaeological wonder.

After that, indulge in a delightful lunch featuring local specialties.

Xian Cave House
Cave House

In the afternoon, delve into the mysteries of Hanyangling Museum, where you will explore the Han Dynasty tombs and archaeological artifacts that reveal fascinating insights into ancient royal life. Stroll through well-preserved relics and gain a deeper understanding of this pivotal era in Chinese history. As the day concludes, your guide and driver will accompany you back to your downtown hotel.

Your Xian day tour, featuring the wonders of Terracotta Warriors and the charm of Cave Houses, concludes here. May the memories of this captivating exploration linger in your heart for years to come.

Hanyangling Museum Xian
Hanyangling Museum

 

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $139 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price includes

  • Entrance fees
  • Chinese style lunch
  • Private transfer in air-conditioned car
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide and skillful driver
  • One bottle of mineral water per person
  • This tour is only for you and your party. No other travelers will join in your group

Price excludes

  • Personal expense
  • Gratuities (recommended)
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