Xian witnessed the ups and downs of plenty of dynasties in its thousands of years of history. It is an important piece of the puzzle for understanding splendid Chinese history and culture. It is a national historical and cultural city with many historical ruins, museums, and cultural relics. This one-day bus tour will take you back to the glorious periods while watching the caves, tools, and pottery at Banpo Museum, exploring the impressive underground army buried 2,000 years ago, and enjoying a dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Show at a nice theater. Join this tour to get to know the ancient capital with a knowledgeable and helpful English-speaking tour guide.
2. Engage with prehistoric Banpo Museum alongside your group, unveiling the fascinating Neolithic culture of ancient China.
3. Enjoy a vibrant Tang Dynasty Dance Show with your fellow travelers, immersing yourself in the elegance and grace of ancient Chinese performing arts.
In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your downtown hotel between 8:00 am and 9:00 am. The tour will start with the Banpo Museum, which was established in 1957 on the Banpo archaeological site, dating back approximately 6,000 years to the Neolithic Yangshao culture matrilineal clan settlement. Here, the scenes of our ancestors’ lives are reconstructed, providing insights into the unique burial practices and the simple yet sophisticated art of pottery making and painting during that period. Afterwards, on the way to Terracotta Warriors and Horses, you will pay a short visit to a Terracotta Figures Factory, where you will learn about the process of making figures.
After lunch, you will visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which was initiated by Qing Shi Huang (the First Emperor of Qin) at the age of 13 when he ascended the throne, and it involved the labor of nearly 720,000 people over a construction period spanning 38 years. The mausoleum complex remained incomplete until the death of Qin Shi Huang. Here, you can admire thousands of clay figurines of soldiers, each characterized by distinct facial features, hairstyles, postures, and expressions. This site is acclaimed as “one of the great discoveries in the archaeology of the 20th century.” After the exploration, you will have a glimpse of Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum in the car.
Then, transfer you back downtown for the Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show. Upon arrival at the theater, you will have dumpling dinner at the dining hall. After that, you will move on to the performance hall to appreciate the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, depicting the historical story of Empress Wu Zetian, who was selected as a palace attendant at the age of 14 and eventually ascended to the throne, reigning as emperor until the age of 67. The show will end at about 21:10.
After the show, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
- All entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
- Simple lunch and dumpling dinner as noted in the itinerary
- Transfer in an air-conditioned car
- Excellent English-speaking tour guide and experienced driver
- Personal expense
- Gratuities (recommended)