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Tour Overview

This 2-day Xian small group tour will take you to Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Mt. Huashan. You will follow a helpful and knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide to explore the intriguing Chinese history and culture, set your eyes on the life-size terracotta army made from clay more than 2,000 years ago, learn the stories of monk Xuanzang at Big Wild Goose Pagoda, challenge the most precipitous mountain in the world and enjoy breathtaking scenery on the top of the mountain. No matter what you are interested in, history, culture, or natural beauty, this tour will be a great choice for you. You will have lots of fun and wish you have more time in Xian.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Visit the eighth wonder of the world – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the architectural remains of the Tang Dynasty – the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
2. Hike 4-5 hours up from the foot of the North Peak to the summit of Mt. Huashan to take in the spectacular views of the peaks.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the burial pits of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang - the Terracotta Army. Revered as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," these terracotta warriors were accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974 while digging a well. Subsequently, large-scale archaeological excavations began. Today, we will explore three pits. Pit 1 is the largest, measuring 230 meters in length and 62 meters in width, containing approximately 6,000 terracotta figures, including infantry, cavalry, and chariots. Pit 2 is a multifunctional military formation, featuring infantry, cavalry, crossbowmen, and 69 chariots. Pit 3 serves as a command center, smaller in scale, with around 68 terracotta figures and a chariot. In addition to the terracotta warriors, the burial site has yielded a wealth of precious artifacts, such as bronze, gold, and silver items, jade objects, and stone carvings, reflecting the economic, cultural, and artistic achievements of the Qin Dynasty.

    Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian
    The Life-size Terracotta Warriors

    After lunch at a nearby restaurant, we will drive by Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum on the way back downtown and have a glimpse of it on the bus. Then, we will visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is an iconic structure of the Tang Dynasty and a treasure of Buddhist culture. Supervised by the monk Xuanzang, it was built to house Buddhist scriptures and statues brought back from India. Standing at a height of 64.517 meters, with a base side length of 25.5 meters, the Pagoda is the earliest and largest surviving square brick pagoda from the Tang Dynasty. It is not only a repository of Buddhist art but also a testament to the wisdom of ancient Chinese laborers. You can ascend the pagoda to enjoy panoramic views of Xi'an (optional), experiencing the charm of this ancient capital.

    After the visit, you will be escorted back to the hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in city area booked by yourself

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Xuanzang

  2. 8:00 am: Our guide and driver will warmly greet you at your hotel lobby in Xian. Once all the tourists are gathered, we'll take a scenic 2-hour ride to the majestic Mt. Huashan. Mount Hua, historically known as the "Western Mountain," is one of the renowned Five Great Mountains in China. Located in Huayin City, Weinan, it is approximately 120 kilometers away from Xi'an. Huashan is famous for its steep and precipitous terrain, earning it the reputation of being the "most precipitous mountain under heaven." As one of the sacred sites of Chinese Taoism, Mount Hua boasts not only magnificent natural scenery but also a rich cultural heritage.

    We will reach the awe-inspiring Mt. Huashan between 10:00 - 11:00 am. Then, you will be guided to take a picturesque shuttle bus ride to the base of the North Peak. From there, get ready for an exhilarating ascent by boarding the cable car that will carry you up to the mountain. Your guide will provide details on the climbing route and designate a meeting point. Enjoy 4 to 5 hours of free time to explore the beauty of Mt. Huashan. Feel free to climb 3 to 5 peaks based on your interests. Capture stunning photos and relish the breathtaking scenery. For thrill-seekers, there are exciting activities like the plank road to make your experience unforgettable.

    Lunch: As there are no restaurants on the mountain top, lunch is on your own. Remember to bring a packed lunch to keep you energized for the adventure.

    5:00 pm: Gather at the appointed meeting place, and our guide will lead you to the cable car for a descent to the foot of the North Peak. From there, hop on the shuttle bus to head towards the exit.

    Then board our comfortable car back to Xian, where you can relax and reflect on the day's incredible experiences.

    Mt. Huashan in Xian
    Mt. Huashan

Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

From $292 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

  • All entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Roundway shuttle bus and North Peak cable car at Mt. Huashan
  • Simple lunch on the first day
  • Transfer in air-conditioned car
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide and experienced driver

Price excludes

  • Hotel
  • Personal expenses & optional activities
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Kind notice

  • A minimum of 2 people are required to operate the tour.
  • The cost is based on pick-up and drop-off at the Xian downtown hotel. If you arrive in or depart Xian by train on the day and need a train station transfer, the extra cost is CNY100 per way for Xi’an Railway Station and CNY200 per way for Xian North Train Station.
  • The itineraries of two days may be done in inverse order according to the booking of other tourists, but we promise you will visit all mentioned sites except for force majeure.
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