4 Days Xian Highlights Tour with Sidetrip to Luoyang Longmen Grottoes

History and Arts of Ancient Capitals

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Many travellers try to figure out how to combine Xian and Luoyang in their short break stay in Xian, now the operation of the high speed bullet trains make it possible to have a round trip to Luoyaong from Xian in a single day. Our 4 Days Xian Highlights Tour with Sidetrip to Luoyang starts from the pick up at the airport or railway station, then takes you to explore the best attraction of Xian, also take a sidetrip to the World Heritage Site - Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang. Your time and money are efficiently used.

Highlights of this tour

  • Private and flexible airport / train station pick up and drop off covered;
  • Most popular attractions in Xian included – Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Snack Street, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Historical Museum;
  • Fully visit the Buddhist wall paintings and carvings of World Heritage Site – Longmen Grottoes;
  • Accompanied by professional English speaking guide throughout the tour.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Xian / Luoyang Longmen Grottoes / Xian
Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-XLT-04
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary 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 on your own to explore this ancient capital of China.

Note: if you arrive at Xian in the morning and want to have some activities arranged for the rest time, we can adjust the itinerary for you. Maybe you can go to visit a local family and learn a cooking class, or go to appreciate great art of Chinese calligraphy in Beilin, etc.

Arrival Ideals: At present, there are some international flights and many domestic flights to and from Xian. Also, you can arrive at Xian city by taking a high speed train from Beijing (5.5hrs), Shanghai (6-7hrs), Guangzhou (8.5-9hrs), Hangzhou (6.5-7hrs), Pingyao (3hrs), Zhengzhou (2hrs), and so on.

Welcome to Xian - Bell Tower
Day 2 Xian City Tour ( B, L )

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After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world - the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

After lunch, return back to Xian to take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers. This visit is followed by a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

Optional activities: 1). Take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall; 2). Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after a hearty dumpling dinner at a local restaurant.

Terracotta Warriors in XianBiking Xian Ancient City Wall
Day 3 Xian - Luoyang Longmen Grottoes - Xian ( B )

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After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel, then go to railway station to take a morning high speed train to Luoyang Longmen Railway Station.

After arrival, you will take a taxi to Longmen Grottoes, about 5km' driving from the railway station. Densely scattered along the cliffs on both banks of Yi River, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Longmen Grottoes contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907), preserved in deep grottoes. You’ll appreciate the Chinese Buddhist art by visiting the major caves from West Hill Grottoes to East Hill Grottoes. West Hill Grottoes has the most of the significant Buddhist carvings, such as the Binyang Caves, Wanfo Caves, Lotus Cave, the Vairocana Buddha in Fengxian Temple. Crossing the bridge, the East Hill Grottoes with less caves but more nature sites offered, like Xianshan Temple and the Bai Juyi’s Tomb. 

After about 2 hours' sightseeing at Longmen Grottoes, take a taxi to the railway station to catch your high speed train back to Xian.

Useful tips: 1) Opening Hours of Longmen Grottoes: March to November: 7:00~18:30; December to February: 7:30~17:30; 2) Though the pathway in the scenic areas are paved and well-maintained, there are many stairs to climb (up and down) to see the various caves. You are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Also the lights in the caves are dim, take a flashlight will helpful.

Longmen Grottoes(1)Longmen Grottoes Scenery from Opposite Riverside
Day 4 Xian Departure ( B )

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After a little bit rest and fresh up, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. The pagoda, rising to a height of 64.5 meters, was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve classic scriptures he brought back from India during the early Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang was the prototype character for Tang Seng in the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. (Note: It costs an extra 30 RMB if you want to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)

Following is an educational visiting to Shaanxi History Museum. Ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate relics, such as porcelains, paintings, currencies from Zhou to the Tang periods (1100 BC to 907 AD). (Note: Shaanxi History Museum may be replaced with other activity or attraction because of crowding tourists during July ~ early September and China’s National Day during Oct.1-Oct.7. You may check details with your travel consultant.)

The rest of the day is free for you until be escorted to catch the flight/train to leave Xian. Tour ends.

Big Wild Goose PagodaShaanxi History Museum

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