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Tour Overview

Xian is the first city in the northwest region of China to have a metro. The five lines are very convenient for people to go to train stations, the airport, and some attractions. You will notice the stations are carefully decorated with different themes and are also very clean. This tour will lead you to explore the historical landmarks of Xian by metro or bus including Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, and Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square. Take this tour to discover a wonderful Xian, rich in long history, profound culture, and natural beauty.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Xi’an’s historical landmarks to discover a wonderful city with a long history, profound culture, and beautiful natural scenery.
2. Take an optional bike ride around China’s largest and best-preserved City Wall to see this beautiful city from a different perspective.
3. Hunt for some of Xi’an’s most authentic snacks in the Muslim Quarter, visit the World Heritage Site Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and stroll around the Bell & Drum Tower Square, enjoying the stunning night view.


Your expert guide will warmly welcome you at your downtown hotel, providing insightful information about the day ahead. A comfortable bus or metro ride awaits, allowing you to relax and prepare for a day filled with cultural exploration.

Stop 1: Xi’an City Wall

Arriving at Nanmen Stop for the bus or Yong Ning Men Station for Metro L2, the imposing South Gate of the Xi’an City Wall unveils itself. Marvel at the grandeur of this ancient fortification as you enter. For an immersive experience, consider renting a bike to traverse the top of the wall, allowing you to soak in the city’s landscape from a unique vantage point.

Stop 2: Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Arriving at Nanmen Stop for the bus or Yong Ning Men Station for Metro L2, you’ll stand before the impressive South Gate of Xi’an City Wall. Originally built to house Buddhist scriptures brought from India, this iconic structure stands as a symbol of ancient Silk Road connections. Stroll through the serene North Square, surrounded by greenery, and enter Da Ci’en Temple, where the pagoda majestically stands. Delve into the spiritual atmosphere and absorb the history contained within its walls before heading back to the city center.

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


Stop 3: Muslim Street

Returning to the heart of the city via the metro and disembarking at Zhong Lou Station, you’ll find yourself immersed in the lively atmosphere of Muslim Street. This bustling market is a sensory delight, offering a plethora of local flavors, traditional crafts, and vibrant street performances. Indulge in the unique culinary delights, from aromatic lamb skewers to delightful desserts, and witness the cultural fusion that defines this area.

Stop 4: Bell & Drum Tower Square

As the sun sets, take a leisurely walk around the enchanting Bell & Drum Tower Square. The illuminated ancient structures, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), come to life, showcasing intricate details against the night sky. Capture the essence of Xi’an’s historical charm as the city transforms into a captivating blend of ancient and modern.

With the day’s exploration complete, your guide will accompany you back to your hotel via bus or metro.

Bell Tower Square Xian
Bell Tower Square at Night


Tour Price ($=USD)

From $125 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 transportation fees (bus, metro, or taxi)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Admission fees

Price excludes

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

Why is Xian Metro Worthy of Trying?

Xian subway is of great characteristics. Each station is decorated with a large number of reliefs, cultural walls, and so on. The ornamental material and style are also not the same such as metal process, modern technology, ceramic, and granite. Along the subway route, you will follow our guide to stop by 2-4 stations, getting off to visit several famous spots where you can feel a strong locally humanistic, and distinctive atmosphere. You probably will stop at 4 stations and their highlights are as below:

Zhonglou Station: you can visit the famous Bell & Drum Tower Square and Muslim Street here. Bell Tower is located at the center of Xian City, and Muslim Street is a good place to try local snacks. Visitors can stroll on the square, passing dazzling souvenirs or artifacts shops & snack stalls.

Yongningmen Station: it’s the nearest subway station to the South Gate of City Wall. South Gate is a popular place for young people to play music. You will also see a special way of exercise popular among middle-aged and elderly people in China (Square Dance). Additionally, you can visit the City Wall, the largest and best-preserved city wall in China. It was built for military defense in the ancient time. Visitors can optionally ride a bike on the top of the City Wall.

Xiaozhai Station: Xiaozhai is regarded as the most youthful trading area in Xian. The famous Saga International Shopping Center is right here. It combines shopping, catering, entertainment, and other services. One of the attractions in Saga is the longest indoor escalator in Asia with a length of 50.3 meters.

Dayanta Station: there’s a large plaza at the foot of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a world-famous Buddhist holy land. The plaza is the largest Tang-themed cultural square in Asia and has become a cultural tourist attraction for not only local people to relax but also for travelers to feel the charm of the ancient capital. Music Fountain is one of the biggest highlights here. It is the largest fountain square in Asia, even the world.

Kind notice:

*You can choose and decide how many stations to stop at and enjoy the scenery at your own pace. The tour usually lasts 6 ~ 7 hours in total.

*The night view of the South Gate and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Plaza is fascinating, so it is suggested to go to Yongningmen & Dayanta Station at last.

*Meal suggestion is always kindly offered by your local experienced guide.

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