3 Days Best Xian City Tour Plus Hukou Waterfall

Ancient Capital Exploration and Magnificent Waterfall

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Xian is a great city to extend a trip to Hukou Waterfall, the largest yellow waterfall in the world as well as the largest waterfall on the Yellow River, the Mother River of China. In this tour, you will drive about 4~5 hours northwards from Xian to have a day trip to see the crashing waves and thundering waterfall group of Hukou, rising from 800 cubic meters per second to 1,200 Before the Hukou Waterfall trip, you will have a essential tour in Xian to visit its highlights - Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, etc.

Highlights of this tour

  • Explore the long lasting history of being capital city of 13 dynasties in ancient China;
  • Unlocked the mysteries of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, as well as his massive underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors and horses;
  • Enjoy the memorable trip to Hukou Waterfall to witness the power of mighty Yellow River as well as the magnificent brown and muddy waterfall group.

Basic Trip Information

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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 / Hukou Waterfall / Xian
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-XHT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 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 2 Xian - Hukou Waterfall - Xian ( B )

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After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel. Then you will be escorted to Hukou Waterfall by car, which will take you about 4~5 hours on the way. Enjoy the spectacular views of the vast Loess Plateau. (Please prepare some snacks and drinks for the long driving)

Hukou Waterfall is the largest yellowish waterfall in the world and the second largest waterfall in China next to Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou Province. Its tableau has appeared in many Chinese classical paintings and once printed on the Chinese current of 50-yuan bill.Yellow River, known as the Mother River of China, originates in Qinghai Province, then runs all the way eastwards and across the Qin-jin Gorge in the northwest Loess Plateau. As it flows to Hukou Village where the river course is sharply reduced from 500 meters wide to only about 50 meters, the brown and muddy water of the Yellow River cascades and pours into a stone pond which is more than 30 meters lower than the primitive river course, creating an illusion as if thousands of wild horses which have just been set free, tumbling, ragingly running forward wildly. As a result, this spectacular waterfall appears. With a shape of the spout of a kettle, it was named Hukou (meaning kettle spout literally) Waterfall. May to October is the best time to see the powerful waterfall. While in winter, you can see calm glacier fall.

After around 1.5 hrs' sightseeing at Hukou Waterfall, you will transfer back to Xian for accommodation.

Magnificent Hukou Waterfall Hukou Waterfall - wonder on the Yellow River
Day 3 Xian Tour & 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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