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Tour Overview

Boasting over 3,000 years of history, Xi’an always impresses visitors with a large amount of historical and cultural heritage sites. During this 3-day Xian history tour with Tang costume experience, you will be guided to all the highlights of this ancient capital city, like the City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Bell Tower, and the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors, etc. It is like a time travel when you wear the Tang Dynasty Costume and walk among the Tang Dynasty-styled architecture.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Relish a nice evening walking tour to visit Bell Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, appreciate the wonderful music fountain show.
2. Dress in the costume of the Tang Dynasty and experience glorious Tang culture.
3. Uncover the mysterious veil of the unparalleled Terracotta Warriors and Horses from 2,200 years ago, to find out how did Emperor Qinshihuang built such an amazing miracle.
4. Jump up a bike to cycle around the ancient City Wall while enjoying a bird view over the city.
5. Experience the authentic Xi’an food in Muslim Quarter.
6. Enjoy leisure sightseeing in Yuanjiacun Village to explore the traditional folk culture and food.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Xian, the ancient capital of the Thirteen Dynasties (please arrive between 11 am - 1 pm). When you arrive at Xi'an Airport, the local tour guide and the driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. Drive around an hour to the Xi'an downtown hotel for a short rest. In the evening, embark on a Xian nightlife trip.

    Begin your exploration at the Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square, a historical and architectural centerpiece of Xi'an. The Bell Tower, standing tall since the 14th century, provides panoramic views of the city, while the Drum Tower echoes with the beats of ancient Chinese timekeeping instruments. Next, dive into the vibrant atmosphere of the Muslim Quarter, a cultural and culinary haven. Stroll through bustling streets filled with market stalls and sample local delicacies like lamb skewers, Roujiamo (Chinese hamburger), and various traditional snacks.

    Bell Tower Square Xian
    Bell Tower Square

    After that, drive approximately 25 minutes to the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic Buddhist structure dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Here, you'll witness the enchanting Music Fountain Show, a dazzling display of water, light, and music that has earned its reputation as the largest in Asia. Then, immerse yourself in the night scene around the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City. This area comes alive with a captivating light show and street performances that vividly showcase Tang dynasty cultural elements. Marvel at the fusion of ancient history and modern entertainment. It is like traveling back to the ancient times when you are in the Tang Dynasty costume and walk among many Tang Dynasty-styled architectures and sculptures telling Tang stories.

    After the tour, return to your hotel for a restful night's sleep.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

    Xian Music Fountain at Night
    Music Fountain at North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  2. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel, preparing for a day filled with cultural exploration.

    Depart for the renowned Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the highlight of your Xi'an journey. This archaeological wonder unveils the legacy of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Crafted over two millennia ago, the life-sized clay soldiers and horses stand as silent guardians, offering a glimpse into ancient military precision and craftsmanship. Spend 2.5-3 hours exploring the three pits that make up this vast underground army, each revealing unique aspects of China's imperial history.

    Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    After lunch, transfer back to downtown Xi'an. Visit the iconic Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a symbol of ancient Xi'an. Built in 652, this pagoda served as a repository for Buddhist scriptures brought from India by the revered Master Xuanzang. Ascend the pagoda to enjoy panoramic views of the city and explore its intricately carved architecture (optional, at additional cost). Learn about its role in preserving and spreading Buddhist teachings during the Tang Dynasty.

    Head to the Ancient City Wall, the best-preserved and largest city wall in China. Built during the Ming Dynasty, this architectural marvel stands as a testament to Xi'an's rich history. Take a leisurely stroll along the wide top of the wall, offering breathtaking views of the cityscape. Optionally, you can choose to rent a bike and cycle along the well-maintained wall, adding an extra layer of excitement to your exploration.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

    Xian City Wall Bike Riding
    Bike Riding on the Xian City Wall

  3. Begin your day with a visit to the Xian Museum, a treasure trove that seamlessly combines relic exhibition halls, historical sites, and picturesque gardens. Explore the onsite Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a witness to centuries of history, standing gracefully amidst the museum grounds. Marvel at the architectural splendor and delve into the serene ambiance surrounding this ancient pagoda. Wander through the exhibition hall, home to a vast collection of archaeological pieces, jade ornaments, calligraphy, and Buddhist art. Allow these artifacts to transport you back in time, providing insights into the glorious history of ancient Xi'an.

    Collection of Xian Museum
    Tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty in the Xian Museum

    Then, enjoy a scenic drive of 1 hour to reach Yuanjiacun Village, a charming destination renowned for its rich food and folk culture. Immerse yourself in local traditions, participating in cultural activities that showcase the authenticity of Guanzhong's heritage. Delight your taste buds with authentic Guanzhong food and snacks, experiencing the unique flavors that define the region. As you explore the village, encounter rural architecture reflecting the distinctive style of the 1970s in the Guanzhong area.

    Conclude your cultural exploration and culinary journey. Your guide will then transfer you to Xi'an Airport for your departure flight. Please ensure your flight departs after 6:00 PM to allow ample time for a seamless conclusion to the tour.

    Yuanjiacun Village Food
    Food stalls in Yuanjiacun Village

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

 

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Professional English speaking tour guide service as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary;
  • Government taxes and service charges;
  • 1 bottle of mineral waters per person per day;
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotel with daily breakfasts (twin-sharing room).

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/camel ride/boat cruise etc. inside attractions;
  • Any meal (the tour guide will help to order and purchase at local restaurants for you to pay in cash );
  • Gratuities are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights;
  • Ride bike on City Wall, climb up the Towers or Pagoda.
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