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Tour Overview

The ancient wonders and natural beauty await you on this 8-day Xi’an Historic Tour. You will be taken yo explore the world-famous Terracotta Army and ascend Mount Huashan, known for its glass paths and stunning views. Discover Xi’an’s rich history as you visit the City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Shaanxi History Museum. Explore revolutionary heritage at Zaoyuan and marvel at the Valley of Waves’ unique geological formations. Immerse yourself in Xi’an’s vibrant culture at Yongxingfang. This unforgettable journey combines history, adventure, and culture, offering a deep dive into China’s heritage.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Terracotta Army Marvel: Witness the lifelike clay soldiers guarding an emperor’s tomb, a historical wonder of ancient China.
2. Mount Huashan Adventure: Ascend a majestic mountain, walk on glass paths, and soak in breathtaking views.
3. Xi’an City Wall Exploration: Cycle or stroll along an ancient fortification for panoramic city vistas.
4. Hukou Waterfall Wonder: Be awed by China’s largest yellow waterfall, a powerful natural spectacle.
5. Xi’an’s Historic Treasures: Explore the Bell Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Shaanxi History Museum.
6. Revolutionary Heritage: Visit Zaoyuan Revolutionary Site, connecting with China’s revolutionary history.
7. Valley of Waves Beauty: Witness unique geological formations at the stunning Valley of Waves.
8. Yongxingfang Culture: Immerse in Xi’an’s vibrant culture at Yongxingfang, a blend of tradition and modernity.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Xi'an! Upon your arrival at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport or the train station, your friendly guide and driver will warmly greet you. They will assist with your luggage and provide you with an overview of the city and your itinerary. You will then be transported to your hotel, where you can check in and freshen up.

    For the remainder of the day, we recommend taking a leisurely stroll around your hotel's vicinity to get a feel for the city's ambiance. Xi'an is known for its charming streets and bustling markets. You can also venture out to explore the local cuisine, with countless restaurants and street food vendors offering delicious regional specialties.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Xian

  2. After a delightful breakfast at your hotel, you'll embark on an exciting journey to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world's most incredible archaeological discoveries. Marvel at the meticulously crafted clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions, and learn about the history and significance of this ancient army. Following your visit to the Terracotta Warriors, enjoy a scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant featuring regional delicacies.

    In the afternoon, you'll head to Shao Huashan, where an adrenaline-pumping adventure awaits. Walk on the suspended mountain glass path, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The transparent walkway adds a thrilling element to your exploration. Return to Xi'an in the evening, where you can relax and reflect on your day's adventures.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xian

    Xian Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

  3. Today's adventure takes you to the majestic Mount Huashan. After a hearty breakfast, you'll journey to the mountain, where you'll take a cableway ride to reach one of its picturesque summits. Mount Huashan is famous for its dramatic peaks and hiking trails that provide stunning views of the surrounding area. You'll have approximately two hours of leisure time to explore the mountain's natural beauty, take photos, and soak in the serene atmosphere.

    Mt. Huashan in Xian
    Mt. Huashan

    After descending the mountain, you'll return to Xi'an in the late afternoon. Your next stop is the historic Bell Tower, a symbol of the city. Marvel at its traditional architecture and the lively atmosphere around it. In the evening, you'll venture into the vibrant Muslim Quarter, a bustling area filled with street food stalls, souvenir shops, and cultural experiences. Enjoy a delicious dinner while immersing yourself in the local culture.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Xian

    Bell Tower Square Xian
    Bell Tower Square

  4. Following breakfast at your hotel, you'll visit the Yellow Emperor's Mausoleum, a historical site in China, believed to be the burial place of Huangdi, a legendary ancient Chinese ruler. Located in Huangling County, it is a significant cultural and historical landmark, attracting visitors interested in the origins of Chinese civilization and folklore.

    Continuing your historical journey, you'll visit Xuanyuan Temple, an important religious site dedicated to the legendary Yellow Emperor. Explore the temple's serene surroundings and learn about its significance in Chinese culture.

    In the afternoon, you'll depart for Yan'an, a city with historical importance as the endpoint of the Long March during the Chinese Civil War. Relax and prepare for your exploration of this intriguing city tomorrow.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Yan'an

  5. Begin your day with a visit to the Zaoyuan Revolutionary Site, an essential stop for those interested in China's revolutionary history. This site is dedicated to the memory of the Red Army's heroes and their contributions during the Chinese Civil War.

    Afterwards, embark on a scenic drive to Jingbian, where you'll explore the Valley of Waves. This unique geological formation is a marvel of nature, featuring wave-like rock formations that make for incredible photo opportunities. Take your time to absorb the beauty of the landscape.

    Later in the day, return to Jingbian town and check into your hotel. Enjoy a relaxing evening and perhaps explore the local cuisine.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Jingbian

    Shaanxi Valley of Waves
    Valley of Waves

  6. Today's adventure takes you to the awe-inspiring Hukou Waterfall, one of China's most famous waterfalls and the largest yellow waterfall in the world. Marvel at the powerful cascade of the Yellow River as it plunges through narrow channels and rugged terrain. The natural beauty and the thundering sound of the waterfall make this a memorable stop.

    Hukou Waterfall
    Hukou Waterfall

    After an unforgettable visit to Hukou Waterfall, you'll begin your journey back to Xi'an, reflecting on the diverse experiences you've had during your trip.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  7. This day is dedicated to exploring the historical and cultural treasures of Xi'an.

    Your first stop is the ancient Xi'an City Wall. You can choose to walk or rent a bike to circumnavigate this well-preserved fortification that once protected the city. As you stroll or pedal along the wall, enjoy panoramic views of both the old and modern parts of Xi'an. Next, visit the Shaanxi History Museum, a fascinating institution showcasing artifacts and relics from Shaanxi Province's rich history. Delve into the region's past and learn about its significant contributions to Chinese culture and civilization.

    Exhibits in Shaanxi History Museum
    Exhibits in Shaanxi History Museum

    Continuing your exploration, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic Buddhist temple dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Explore its serene surroundings and marvel at the impressive pagoda structure.

    In the afternoon, venture to the Daming Palace Heritage Park. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Daming Palace, the imperial residence during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). This archaeological site provides a glimpse into the grandeur of the Tang Dynasty, offering visitors a chance to explore the ruins of the palace, halls, and gardens that once adorned this expansive complex.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xian

  8. Your final day in Xi'an begins with a visit to Yongxingfang, a lively cultural and entertainment district that offers a taste of both traditional and modern Xi'an. Explore its vibrant streets lined with shops, eateries, and cultural attractions. It's an excellent place for some last-minute souvenir shopping and trying local snacks.

    Xian Yongxingfang Street
    Yongxingfang Food Street

    In the afternoon, your driver will escort you to the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport or the train station for your onward journey. Safe travels!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

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

  • 7 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to/off Xi'an;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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