How to visit Xian in an enjoyable pace?
This is the most classic Xian itinerary. With 3 days, you can enjoy all the best highlights of the ancient capital Xian at an enjoyable pace. You also have a flexible time for arrival and departure, wherever your flights or trains are connected with - Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, etc. If you arrive at Xian early, we can also arrange some activities for you to make best of your time. The second day is a full day visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter(snack street & Great Mosque), Bell & Drum Tower Square. In the third, you have a half day for visiting to the symbol of Xian - Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and having a quiet lesson of archaeology in Hanyangling Museum. The rest time is free for departure.
Day 1 Xian ArrivalAirport / railway station pick up
Welcome to Xian! Your tour guide will meet you at Xian Xianyang International Airport (or railway station), then escort you 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 early and want to have some activities arranged for the rest time, please let us know in advance. There are many options available (with extra costs), including: 1) visit a local family and learn to cook Chinese dishes or making dumplings; 2) have an interesting class of Chinese calligraphy or painting in Tangbo Art Museum; 3) explore the bustling Zhonggulou Square where the beautiful Bell Towers and Drum Towers are located at.
Arrival Ideas: Xian is only about 2~3 hours flying from majority of big cities in China, such as Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, etc. You can also get to Xian by high speed trains from Beijing (5.5hrs), Shanghai (6-7hrs), Guangzhou (8.5-9hrs), Hangzhou (6.5-7hrs), Pingyao (3hrs), Zhengzhou (2hrs), and so on.
- Night View of the Ancient Bell Tower
Day 2 Terracotta Warriors Visit & Leisure City Tour ( B, L )Today's highlights: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter
After breakfast, drive about 40 km 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. (Before the Terracotta Warriors Museum visit, you will have a rare opportunity to make a miniature Terracotta Warrior on your own under the instruction of a local potter.)
After lunch, return 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. Rent a bike (extra cost: 45RMB) to enjoy a relaxing cycling on the Wall is strongly recommended. The cycling routes and duration are flexible. Feel free to discuss with your tour guide. Leave the City Wall, then go to wander leisurely around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture. Don't miss the Great Mosque of Xian which is a fusion of Chinese culture and Islamic culture, a sacred religious site with huge ancient architectural complex, also a surprisingly quiet land away from the bustling Muslim streets. After the Great Mosque visit, you will be escorted back to your hotel. (If you want to stay more time at the Muslim Quarter for dinner and relaxing, or want to explore the nearby Bell & Drum Towers on your own, please let your tour guide know)
Optional activity: Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after (or without) a hearty dumpling dinner at a local restaurant.
- World Famous Terracotta Warriors in Ancient Capital Xian
- Our guests biking on the Ancient City Wall
- Visit Muslim Quarter to Enjoy Some Snacks
- Make a miniature Terracotta Warrior on your own
- Great Mosque, a fusion of Chinese culture and Islamic culture
Day 3 Xian Half Day Sightseeing & Departure ( B )Today's highlights: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum
After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Giant 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 bought 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) After (or before) visiting the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, you will be provided a free experience of trying on the Hanfu which is the solemn costume of the emperors and their families, the ministers and the noble in the ancient dynasties of China. Seize this rare opportunity to take some photos to record this unique memory!
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 Pagoda
- Shaanxi History Museum
Challenge yourself to hike the thrilling hiking routes on Mount Huashan.
Mount Huashan is located in Shaanxi Province, 120 kilometers away from Xian. It is not only as one of the sacred Taoist mountains in China, but also a very challenging mountain for hiking lovers. Mount Hua is famous for its lofty peaks and steep paths. Some travelers who have walked the Skywalk (Plankroad in the Sky) describe Mount Hua Hiking as the “Most Dangerous Hike in the World”. Well, this used to be true many years ago when little safe facilities were constructed, such as the cableway, tight wire, handrails. Today, it is available for most travelers to climb from the foot to the top of the mountain.
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and only valid for traveling during 12/01/2019~03/15/2020 (except 01/22/2020~02/04/2020). If you want to travel to Xian during other time, please send us inquiry to get the best quotation.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
3. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.9. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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thanks for your email. I have a good memory of China which I think is one of the countries that I liked most today for the courtesy of its inhabitants and the tourist beauties, as well as being one of the most advanced in the world.
You have dealt with the coronavirus problem seriously and with determination and you can be an example for many other countries.
In Europe we are not as good as you but we hope that our politicians will learn from you.
I hope everything will pass and I will still have the opportunity to visit your beautiful country.
We are really glad to hear you're fine, I hope all of your guides and your fellows are safe and healty too.
We are very concerned with this pandemia, in the north of our country the situation is really critic, in our places we are quite safe, everybody, but we take everything very seriously, we don't exit home but to collect food and what we need, a few people is allowed to work....everything is in lockdown.
Let's hope this will go better soon!
We would thank you so much for your kind thought, and for these useful informations you've sent us, we appreciate so much and we will tell friends and family.
Thank you again, we will come back to China as soon as possible, your Country is great!
Stay safe, you too
Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful email. We are glad to hear that you and your colleagues have kept well at this time and we also hope that our guides Cheri, Sandy and the others, who gave us such a wonderful holiday in your beautiful country, are also keeping well. Here, in South Africa, we have just gone into a three week lock down in the hope that this will help to defeat the spread of the virus.
Here’s hoping that next year we can look at options for another visit to your amazing country.
Kind Regards and Best wishes
Barbara and David
Thank you, good to read you. Actually I am well aware about the progress in China. Originally I had been invited to lecture to GACC staff in February in Sanya. But in the future the Chinese colleagues will rather teach me … they gained so much experience.
Meanwhile I continue as an advisor to WHO but otherwise am very careful. Will certainly let you know if I need some assistance - but not right now as China closed the border to foreigners (like everybody else).
Continue to take care - all my best wishes to you, your family and colleagues,
Thank you for your email.
It is good to hear that matters are improving in China. Here in Manila the virus is only just beginning to take its toll.
One of the doctors at the hospital that recently treated me for a minor cancer has died from its effects and most of the others at that hospital are now under quarantine. Many more people will die in the coming weeks. Because of my age (over 60) the local authorities do not allow me to leave my apartment -but that is fine with me as it will force me to write up material I have been meaning to write up for some time now.
Once this is over I sincerely hope to get back to China - this time covering Xining and Chengdu. Always on the search for rhubarb growing in the wild! And when the virus allows that to happen I shall be in touch with China Discovery. The last trip you organized for us was excellent.
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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.
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Xian applies to the 72-Hour Transit Visa Exemption. Visitor from 53 foreign countries who hold valid travel document & connecting flights to a third country/region can enter Xian from Xian Xianyang Airport, and stay in Xian up to 72 hours without a Chinese Visa. But since Xi’an has not many international flights, and the city is usually a middle stop of a China tour, we advise you to apply for a China Tourist Visa (L Visa) before coming to China so that you can travel in a more secure and flexible way. China Discovery can provide you the invitation letter so that you can obtain the visa with bigger chance while least time.
Xi'an has a warm temperate semi-humid continental monsoon climate with distinct four seasons – warm spring, hot and rainy summer, cool and comfortable autumn, cold and dry winter. The average annual temperature of Xi'an is around 13°C / 55°F. Generally speaking, you can visit Xian all year around, as most of the attractions are located in and near city area. But the best two periods of time to visit is March to June and mid-September to early November. During this period, the weather there is neither too hot nor too cold, and the number of tourists is relatively smaller than the summer time’s.
What to wear in summer? - light, quick-dry and easy to wear clothes, hat, sunscreen, rain jacket and comfortable shoes. What to wear in winter? - double layer jacket, long underwear pants and tops, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, wool blend socks, boots, winter jacket, winter hat, winter gloves, winter scarf. What to wear in spring? - long underwear, fleece outer layer, face mask, light hat, scarf, and gloves. What to wear in autumn? - thermal warmer jacket, light hat, gloves, scarf, wool socks, fleece pants.
Xian is only about 2~3 hours flying from majority of big cities in China, such as Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, etc. You can also take international flights to Xian from more than 50 countries and regions, such as Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Sydney, Kuala, Bangkok, etc. Xian is connected by high-speed rails widely. You can get from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Pingyao, etc. to Xian by bullet trains within 6 hours. Recommended gateways to Xian include: Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Hong Kong.
Bell & Drum Towers Area - strongly recommended for first-timers, easy access to Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Bell Tower, Drum Tower and popular restaurants. Hotel rates are higher than other areas, but you have a lot of choices of different standards. Xincheng District - not very far from the city center as well as Xian’s main attractions, recommended for families as there are shopping center and parks to enjoy a stroll. Yanta Distict – Yanta District is on the south of the city center, also near main attractions, including Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, History Museum, etc. It has many hotels of budget class.
China Discovery only uses those hotels with convenient amenities, fine services and great reputations. Most of them are 5-star and 4-star hotels located near the Muslim Quarter (food street), Bell Tower, Ancient City Wall, where you can also get easy accesses to subway, shopping malls, banks, etc.
The city area of Xian can be explored in brief two days, while the surrounding regions also have a lot of places to explore, such as Mount Hua, Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng. If time allows, you can extend your trip from Xian to above places. Each place only needs about 1 day to visit.
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