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3 Days Historical Xian Photography Tour

Ancient Heart of China


Xian, served as the capital through 13 dynasties and the eastern end of ancient silk road, is the birthplace of Chinese civilization and home to Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

Photographers could explore and take photographs of the historical and cultural wonders, such as the Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall in this photography tour. When keep a record of this ancient city, you feel as you are tracing back a history book of China.

This Xian photography tour can be customized depending on which sites you want to visit, and on the weather condition when you go. Feel free to tell your interests and ideas to your personal travel consultants!

Basic Photography Info

Travel Route: Xian

Travel Length: 3 Days

Tour Code: CD-PTXT-03

Tour Type: Customizable Private Tour

Departure: You Choose (you may plan it according to the best season and time.)

Xian Photography Guide

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Comparing with towering modern city, Xian still keeps its ancient frame. Whether you go to remarkable Terracotta Warriors, or awe-inspiring Ancient City Wall...all wake up this city’s hallowed history spontaneously.

Best Sites for Photography

Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors, regarded as the Eighth Wonder of the world, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The Terracotta Warriors were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District of Xian. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. Besides the warriors, the figures also include chariots and horses.

There are three pits kept the Terracotta Warriors and Horses with more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. Photographers could either get close to the Terracotta Warriors to shoot the details or capture panoramic view of the whole pits. In Pit One, photographers could catch about 6,000 figures. In Pit Two, photographers could shoot the cavalry and infantry units as well as war chariots. In Pit Three, photographers could shoot command post with high-ranking officers and chariots. Besides the figures, if you are interested in, you could also shoot the weaponry like swords, spears, battle-axes, shields, crossbows, scimitars, etc.

To shoot more Terracotta Army, photographers could head to Shaanxi Historical Museum. This museum has over 370,000 items including soldiers from the Terracotta Army.

Ancient City Wall

Xian Ancient City Wall

Xian Ancient City Wall As the rarely survived ancient wall in China, Xian Ancient City Wall is most complete preserved with different ramparts and four gates spreading to four directions of east, west, south and north. The east gate is Changle Gate, the west gate is Yongding Gate, the north gate is Anyuan Gate and the south one is Yongning Gate. Strolling on the spacious and solid ancient city wall, photographers can have a panoramic view of whole Xian city. Also, photographers could also shoot tunnels, water towers, battlements, etc.

Best Season for Photography

Xian has a pleasant weather during all year round. It features in a warm temperate semi-humid continental monsoon climate with distinct four seasons and opportune rainfall. Also, Xian is an ancient city and the top attractions you are going to shoot are historical and cultural sites. It is good to visit all the year round.

Tips from Our Experts

1. Terracotta Warriors

You are allowed to take pictures of the terracotta warriors but not to touch them.

2. Ancient City Wall

It is good to shoot in the morning or in the late afternoon. It is hot in summer, so you’d better visit in the morning.

3. Bike Experience

If you are interested, you could ride a bicycle on the Ancient City Wall. And you will have an enjoyable and interesting experience.

4. Performance

Every day, there are some performance offered in Xian Ancient City. At 09:00, you could enjoy the opening ceremony. Some other performance are performed after that.

For more photography advice in Xian, you can feel free to contact us and we are here ready to help!

Itinerary Details Day by Day

Day 1 Xian Arrival

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Welcome to Xian! Your tour guide will meet you at the Xian Xianyang Airport. Then be escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to explore the ancient heart of China on your own.

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Day 2 Xian (B, L, D)

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In the early morning, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Today your first stop is to get close to observe how the terracotta warriors and other arts are made in the Terracotta Factory. And then, visit and shoot the Terracotta Warriors which is famed as “the 8th wonder of the world”. You will explore this amazing museum for about 3 hours.

Next things to do for today is to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the old-line Xian, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists.

In the evening, firstly you will have a traditional dumpling banquet, and then attend the famous Tang Dynasty Show in the Shanxi Grand Opera House.

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Day 3 Xian Departure (B)

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Today after breakfast, you will visit the Ancient City Walls, the largest and best-kept city walls on earth. Strolling or cycling on the Ancient City Walls is quite and enjoyable experience.

Later, you will tour the Shaanxi History Museum - a large modern museum of the national level. Then move to visit the Muslim community and explore around until your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

After the tour, be escorted to Xian city and rest by yourself until your departure flight.

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