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Tour Overview

Are you looking for a Xian tour to get off the beaten track? You are in the right place. From the famous Terracotta Warriors to the local art museum, and sacred pagoda to small alleys, this tour will take you to trace this ancient capital’s rich and long history, appreciate beautiful artworks made by normal people even farmers, and enjoy interesting traditional Chinese shadow puppet performance. You will immerse yourself in this city’s unique atmosphere. You will have your own special memories of this fantastic place and remember it for a lifetime.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Watch an awesome traditional Shadow Puppet performance in Gao Family Courtyard.
2. Enjoy Shaanxi folk art and ancient Chinese paintings at the Tang Bo Art Museum, where you also have a chance to learn Chinese calligraphy.
3. Explore the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites – Terracotta Warriors and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and hear the rewarding stories behind them.
4. Take a leisurely stroll or bike tour on the ancient City Wall, feel the gentle breeze, and overlook the gorgeous cityscape.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Begin your day as the sun bathes Xi'an in a warm glow, meeting our amiable tour guide and skilled driver at your downtown hotel. Their welcoming smiles set the tone for a day of discovery.

    Your journey commences with the spectacular Terracotta Army, a testament to the craftsmanship of ancient China. Each soldier, horse, and chariot has a unique expression, forming an imposing silent army. Marvel at the meticulous detail and learn the historical significance during your 2.5-hour exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    As the morning unfolds, indulge in a delectable lunch, preparing your palate for the cultural feast that follows.

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

    In the afternoon, the Tang Bo Art Museum awaits, a haven of Shaanxi folk art and ancient Chinese paintings. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Huxian farmers' paintings, the enchanting art of shadow puppetry, delicate paper cutting, and the vivid beauty of Mashao's facial makeup. Your guide will illuminate the historical and cultural context, enhancing your appreciation for these artistic treasures. Continue your cultural exploration at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an architectural gem with a storied past. Learn about its historical and religious significance, and marvel at its enduring elegance against the Xi'an skyline.

    Xian Tang Bo Art Museum
    Tang Bo Art Museum

    Evening (Optional):

    Consider the Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Dinner for those seeking an encore. Our guide and driver will whisk you to a captivating performance where ancient music and dance intertwine. Meanwhile, savor the exquisite flavors of dumplings with various fillings, culminating in a sensory experience that bridges the past and present.

    When all the activities are finished, we will drive you back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel booked by yourself

  2. Embrace the morning serenity as you explore the alleys around the City Wall. The Bell and Drum Tower Square sets the stage, a historical ensemble that unfolds the city's rich past. Located in the very center of Xian, Bell Tower and Drum Tower are considered the symbols of the city. After that, traverse Kaitong Lane, a hidden gem where time seems to stand still. Ascend the City Wall, an architectural marvel steeped in history. Your guide narrates tales of dynasties and fortifications during the 2-hour exploration, with an optional bike ride offering a unique perspective on the cityscape. You will then wander around the wall and come to Shu Yuan Men. Guanzhong Academy, Shaanxi's highest institution in the Ming and Qing dynasties, is located on this street. Along the vintage street, calligraphy and painting shops are selling four treasures of Chinese study as well as local handcrafts.

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

    Following a leisurely lunch, wander along Defu Alley, a charming path paved with flagstones. Antique bars, quaint shops, and inviting cafes line the way, creating a harmonious blend of modernity and antiquity. Continue your journey through the enchanting Muslim Quarter, a vibrant tapestry of local flavors and crafts. Discover the Gao Family Courtyard tucked away in the labyrinthine lanes, where an authentic traditional Shadow Puppet performance adds a cultural flourish to your afternoon. At last, return to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel booked by yourself

    Xian Shadow Play
    Shadow Play

  3. Anticipate the morning with excitement as our guide and driver, ready with warm smiles, pick you up from your hotel. Today's adventure unfolds with a visit to the Hanyangling Museum, a testament to the grandeur of the Han Dynasty.

    The museum is a fascinating archaeological site, offering a unique glimpse into the burial practices and daily life of the Han nobility. Explore the intricate mausoleum and marvel at the wealth of artifacts unearthed from this historical treasure. Your guide will weave tales of the Han Dynasty, enriching your understanding of this ancient era.

    Hanyangling Museum Xian
    Hanyangling Museum

    As the Hanyangling tour concludes, you'll be seamlessly escorted to the airport, where your next adventure awaits. May your experiences be as vibrant and diverse as the cultural tapestry you've explored in Xi'an. Safe travels!

Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

From $332 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
  • Chinese style lunches
  • All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfer in an air-conditioned car
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide and skillful driver
  • Airport drop-off for the last day
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day

Price excludes

  • Hotel
  • Personal expenses and optional activities such as Tang Dynasty Show & Dumpling Dinner and bike riding on the City Wall
  • Gratuities (recommended)
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