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Tour Overview

Have you heard of the story of the Yellow Emperor, the initiator of Chinese civilization? It is said that the Yellow Emperor and Yan Emperor defeated the Chiyou tribe 5,000 years ago and established the Chinese nation, formerly called Huaxia nationality. And he is basically omnipotent, practicing medicine, inventing well, building houses, making weapons, etc. This tour will take you to the Yellow Emperor Mausoleum and Xuanyuan Temple to learn about the Yellow Emperor in detail. The place is not only a mausoleum but also a spiritual home of Chinese people. Because the sites are far from Xian, you will stay in the car for 6.5-8 hours in total, which will be a good chance to see the Loess Plateau in Northern Shaanxi Province.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Visit the sites honoring the Yellow Emperor, the founder of Chinese civilization.
2. Explore the cypresses surrounding the tomb, which are said to have been planted by the emperor himself over 5,000 years ago.
3. Listen to the interesting mythological story of how the Yellow Emperor settled in the Central Plains told by the guide.


In the morning, our guide and driver will meet you at your Xian downtown hotel and we will drive 200 km (about 3.5 hours) northward to the revered Yellow Emperor Mausoleum. In Chinese folklore, the Yellow Emperor is revered as the progenitor of the Chinese people, and on Tomb Sweeping Day, the local government orchestrates a solemn sacrificial ceremony to honor this legendary figure, drawing crowds of both domestic and overseas Chinese paying homage to their ancestors. The mausoleum’s surroundings offer an immersive blend of sightseeing and cultural exploration, providing an ideal setting to delve into the rich Chinese heritage. This journey is not just a geographical exploration but a meaningful encounter with the cultural roots and traditions that have shaped the identity of the Chinese people over centuries.

Lunch will be at your own expense. (please feel free to ask your guide for some recommendations)

Yellow Emperor Mausoleum Xian
Yellow Emperor Mausoleum

In the afternoon, you will be guided to visit to Xuanyuan Temple, originally built in the Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD). The existing architecture was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the later years. As we approach this sacred site, marvel at the ancient architecture that graces the entrance. Xuanyuan Temple is dedicated to the Yellow Emperor, a legendary figure in Chinese mythology. Step into a realm where spirituality and history intertwine seamlessly.

Delve into the depths of Xuanyuan Temple. The air is filled with a sense of reverence as you explore the intricately adorned halls and courtyards. Our knowledgeable guide will share captivating stories about the significance of the temple and its role in preserving the legacy of the Yellow Emperor.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel at about 19:00.

Note: The itinerary is subject to change based on factors such as traffic conditions and unexpected delays, but our team will strive to make your experience seamless and enjoyable.

Xian Xuanyuan Temple
Xuanyuan Temple


Tour Price ($=USD)

From $219 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
  • Private transfer in an air-conditioned car
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide and experienced driver
  • One bottle of mineral water per person

Price excludes

  • Meals
  • Personal expense
  • Gratuities (Recommended)
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