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Tour Overview

As an ancient capital of thirteen Chinese dynasties, Xian has thousands of years of history and lots of historical and cultural sites attracting numerous history and folk culture lovers. This 2-day private tour includes Xian’s highlights such as Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Cave House, City Wall, Hanyangling Mausoleum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square, and Muslim Quarter. With a knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide and reliable driver, you can focus on appreciating this ancient capital and getting acquainted with its history.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Visit the traditional dwellings of Northwest China you’ve never seen before – Cave House – cool in summer and warm in winter.
2. Have a glimpse into the legendary history of Emperor Jing, the fourth emperor of the Western Han Dynasty, and a visit to his majestic co-burial tomb.
3. Get a deep impression on the awe-inspiring life-size terracotta army and be amazed by the high level of sculpture of the ancients.
4. Follow your knowledgeable guide to the most famous historical sites in the city including the Ancient City Wall and the Bell & Drum Tower Square.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. At 08:30 am, your tour guide and driver will fetch you from your downtown hotel. Our initial destination for the day is the Cave Houses, a reflection of traditional dwellings in the northwest region of China. Until the 1970s, these cave houses were the prevalent residences for the locals. Crafting a dwelling by excavating a cave into a hillside, followed by reinforcement and embellishment, resulted in a cozy home that maintains coolness in summer and warmth in winter.

    Next, we will head to the famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a testament to ancient craftsmanship and imperial grandeur. These life-sized clay soldiers, meticulously crafted over two millennia ago, stand guard in the subterranean vaults. Commissioned by Emperor Qin Shi Huang to accompany him into the afterlife, each warrior boasts unique features, showcasing the remarkable diversity of ancient Chinese artistry. You will unearth the secrets of this archaeological treasure trove, where a silent army tells tales of a bygone era, preserving the legacy of an emperor's vision and the skill of artisans lost to the ages.

    Xian Cave Dwellings
    Cave Dwellings

    In the afternoon, our itinerary includes a visit to the Hanyangling Museum, a site associated with Jingdi, the fourth emperor of the Western Han Dynasty, and his empress, although their burial sites are distinct. Within the museum, marvel at intricately carved terracotta figurines depicting servants, riders, and domestic animals. Explore the excavation pits, where numerous statues and crockery are partially concealed, providing a fascinating glimpse into the past. Glass floors enhance the experience, allowing you to observe the rich historical artifacts from a unique vantage point.

    After today's wonderful trip, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel booked by yourself

    Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian

  2. Your day begins with a warm greeting from your friendly tour guide at the hotel lobby. After a brief introduction and overview of the day's itinerary, you'll embark on an enriching journey through the cultural wonders of Xi'an. Our first destination is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Your guide will lead you through the intricacies of this ancient Buddhist structure, sharing tales of its history, religious significance, and stunning views from the top. Marvel at the intricate architecture and learn about its role in Chinese Buddhism.

    As the morning exploration builds your appetite, we'll pause for lunch at a local restaurant. Indulge in a delightful spread of authentic Xi'an cuisine, featuring regional specialties that capture the essence of local flavors.

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda Xian
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Following lunch, we'll continue our journey to the Ancient City Wall. Walk along this remarkably well-preserved structure, built during the Ming Dynasty, and take in panoramic views of the city. Your guide will narrate tales of its historical significance, making your stroll both informative and visually captivating. Our next stop is the Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, a vibrant hub of cultural and architectural significance. Stroll through the square, surrounded by the grandeur of these ancient structures. Listen to the rhythmic beats of the drums and learn about the symbolic importance of these landmarks in Chinese history.

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, enticing aromas, and lively atmosphere of the Muslim Quarter. Wander through narrow alleyways lined with bustling markets, local eateries, and traditional shops. Your guide will introduce you to the rich cultural blend that defines this area, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for Xi'an's diverse heritage.

    As the day's exploration comes to an end, your guide will accompany you back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel booked by yourself

    Xian Food in Muslim Quarter
    Delicious Kebab in the Muslim Quarter

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $241 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 fee
  • 2 lunches
  • Transfer in the air-conditioned car
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide and skillful driver
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day

Price excludes

  • Hotel
  • Personal expenses and optional activities such as bike riding on the City Wall
  • Gratuities (recommended)

 

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