Xian is a city with a glorious history and culture. From famous historical sites to small local markets, we have so many unique places to share with you. This 3.5-hour Xian morning tour will show you another side of Xian and bring you to some places the locals really like. Hang around the food market at the East Gate of City Wall to see the locals picking vegetables, take a walk on the top of the magnificent City Wall to feel the charm of this ancient capital, participate in morning exercises at lively City Wall Park, try yummy snacks at Yongxingfang Food Street, and may get some little things at an antique market to take home.
2. Taste a variety of delicious snacks at Yongxingfang, one of the most famous food streets in Xi’an.
3. Take a walk or ride a bike on the 600-year-old City Wall.
4. Step into the antique lover’s paradise – Zhuque Antique Market, where you will find a wide range of porcelain, jade, calligraphy, paintings, books, and ancient coins.
Start your exploration at approximately 08:00 as our local guide greets you at your downtown hotel. Ensure your comfort for the day ahead by wearing suitable shoes and traveling light, as we’ll be covering a substantial distance on foot. Opt for a public bus or metro ride to reach the City Wall, and our initial destination is the vibrant food market at the East Gate. Here, a myriad of street stands presents a sensory panorama, offering an array of fresh meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, spices, soy sauce, and more – a delightful introduction to the local culinary scene and a lively cultural experience.
Proceed to ascend the Ancient City Wall, a venerable structure dating back over 600 years, recognized as one of the world’s largest and impeccably preserved ancient military defense systems. This architectural marvel serves as a rich resource for studying Ming Dynasty history, military science, and architecture. Optionally, indulge in a unique experience by biking along the wall’s summit. Upon descending, venture into the City Wall Park for a stroll, immersing yourself in the local scene. Encounter residents engaged in Tai Chi, dance, or casual conversations – a fascinating glimpse into daily life, enriching your understanding of both historical and contemporary aspects of Xi’an.
Subsequently, we’ll make our way to Yongxingfang Food Street, a vibrant locale showcasing numerous local snacks and dining establishments. Situated in downtown Xian, this recently established food street seamlessly blends delectable cuisine with traditional Chinese architecture. It serves as an ideal destination to sample authentic sweet or savory Tofu Pudding, offering a culinary experience that harmoniously merges the old-world charm of traditional design with the tantalizing flavors of local fare.
Our final destination is the Zhuque Antique Market, a haven for enthusiasts of antiques, offering an eclectic array of treasures including porcelain wares, jade items, calligraphy pieces, paintings, books, and ancient coins. Following this, we will conveniently return to your hotel via bus or metro, concluding a day filled with cultural exploration and unique experiences in Xi’an.
- English-speaking tour guide
- Entrance fee of City Wall
- Personal expenses and optional activities such as bike riding on the City Wall
- Public vehicle cost
- Gratuities (recommended)