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4 Days Xian In-depth Experience Tour

4 Days Xian In-depth Experience Tour

Xian deserves a longer stay to unlock all the secrets of the ancient City!

Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Terracotta Warriors, biking on the Ancient City Wall, seeing the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, hunting for local delicacy at Muslilm Quarter… Are you thinking you have included all the highlights of Xian? Not at all! It is only the tip of an iceberg. There are many others places you have to see, such as the beautiful Small Wild Goose Pagoda, grandiose Bell Tower and Drum Tower, secluded Great Mosque, also many interesting things to do, such as the elaborate class of Chinese calligraphy, cooking Chinese dishes, making a miniature Terracotta Warrior on your own, etc. Our 4 Days Xian In-depth Experience Tour takes you to explore above all and far more, covering everything you need to do within the city before or after visiting the Terracotta Warriors. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you throughout the tour to help you learn more about the culture and history of Xian and China.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-XT-04
  • Price : from $557 ($627)
    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.
  • Theme : History / Cultural
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Discover the man-made wonder Terracotta Warriors and make a miniature Terracotta Warrior on your own under the instruction of a local potter;
  • Take a wonderful stroll or cycling on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China;
  • Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which has survived nearly 70 earthquakes, and now still stands firm and sturdy;
  • Learn a lot about the history and culture about the ancient city of Xi’an in in the less crowded Xian Museum;
  • Visit a local family to experience the daily living of Chinese Family and learn to make Chinese dumplings;
  • Enjoy the grand show of The Song of Everlasting Sorrow which is a large-scaled live-action show based on a touching love story;
  • Have an elaborate class of Chinese calligraphy in Tangbo Art Museum, lean to use ink brush to write some Chinese words;
  • Spend some leisure time at the bustling and lively Muslim Quarter where you can try different local snacks and explore local culture.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Xian Arrival

Airport / 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.

Arrival Ideas: Xian is only about 2~3 hours flying from majority of big cities in China, such as Beijing, Chengdu, 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.

  • Welcome to Xian Welcome to Xian

Day 2 Xian Terracotta Warriors Tour ( B, L, D )

Today's highlights: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show

After breakfast, go 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. (Optional experience: rent a bike to enjoy a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall) Then you will visit a local family to check out what is the daily living of a traditional Chinese Family. You will also be taught to make Chinese dumplings under the friendly instruction of the host. Enjoy lunch with the local family.

After lunch, 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. 

This evening around 20:00, you will be taken to enjoy the grand show of The Song of Everlasting Sorrow which is a large-scaled live-action show based on the love story between Emperor Tang Xuanzong and his consort Yang Guifei. Since the official performance in 2007, it has been performed for more than 2,500 times and 3.5 million audiences have watched the show, including many foreign heads and leaders, highly praised by the audiences. Some people said the show was so real that he could even smell the fragrance when the Consort Yang starting to bath in the scene, felt the scorching of the war and the drizzles after Yang’s death during the war.

  • Terracotta Warriors were built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife Terracotta Warriors were built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife
  • Xian MakeChinese Dumplings Enjoying Making Chinese Dumplings in a Local Family
  • Our guests biking on the Ancient City Wall Our guests biking on the Ancient City Wall
  • The Ever-lasting Sorrow Show at Huaqing Palace The Ever-lasting Sorrow Show at Huaqing Palace

Day 3 Xian City Cultural Exploration ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an Museum, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque

This morning you will go to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi’an Museum to learn a lot about the history and culture about the ancient city of Xi’an. They are together located in a clean and beautiful park. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is rather smaller and 55 years younger than its “sister” - the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Built during 707 to 709 AD, the pagoda is 43.4 meters tall with 13 tiers (originally 15 tiers), looking like a very tall rectangular pyramid. An interesting fact about the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is that the pagoda has survived nearly 70 earthquakes, and now still standing firm and sturdy. You can walk around to appreciate the beautiful design and take photos of the pagoda. Then you will go to visit Xi’an Museum which is only several minutes’ walking from the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This museum has more than 130,000 pieces of jade relics, seals, paintings, porcelains, Buddhist statues, stone carvings and many other precious relics. The rest time of this morning is to experience an elaborate class of Chinese calligraphy in Tangbo Art Museum. You will be taught to use ink brush to write some basic Chinese words (maybe your name). 

In the afternoon, you will go to enjoy some leisure time around Zhonggulou Square where the famous landmarks of Bell Tower and Drum Towers stand on. There is a Chinese saying, “morning bell and evening drum”, which describes the ancient Chinese stroke the bell in the bell tower and beat the drum at the drum tower to announce the time of the day. With grand side and superb decoration, the Bell Tower and Drum Towers in Xian are the most grandiose architectures of their kinds. You will climb up to one of the towers to enjoy the panoramic view of Xian. The rest time of this afternoon is to spend some leisure time at the 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 bust Muslim Street. 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.)

  • Small Wild Goose Pagoda in June Small Wild Goose Pagoda in June
  • Xian Museum Xian Museum
  • Calligraphy class at Tangbo Art Museum Calligraphy class at Tangbo Art Museum
  • Muslim Snack Street Muslim Community

Day 4 Xian Departure ( B )

Today's highlights: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Hanyangling 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!

Next is an educational visit to Hanyangling. Compared with the Terracotta Warriors, Hanyangling is much less crowded so that you can enjoy a quiet lesson in archaeology. Here you can find many mini terracotta figures of not only warrior and horses, but also maidens and other animals. You actually walk on glass over top of the archaeological site, which gives an intriguing perspective.

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 Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Terracotta Figures in Hanyanglilng Museum Terracotta Figures in Hanyanglilng Museum

Recommended Add-on Options

The quotation for this trip is from $557 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
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. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. 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.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport / train station / hotels pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains to/off Xian (we can book for you);
  • Personal expenses;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Thanks Wing, we came back safely and had a great trip overall. We had great tour guide and driver whom we will recommend without doubt and we took the liberty to change the schedule as we toured, depending on the weather and situation, which suited us. I’m actually glad lightning struck, allowing us to spend the last night in XM, as I think 2 days and 1 night in the Tulou is more than sufficient. I’ll leave Chew to comment on your email but you can also take my comments here if you want. Thanks again !

Hi Wing,

Yesterday just before check out at Xiamen ,  i had already completed a detailed questionnaire form and handed over to Adam.

(1)  How do you like our tour arrangements and are you willing to recommend our service to your friends?

Yes, it was good service from tour coordinator, tour guide and driver. They are all very professional and good people.  I will recommend to friends for sure.  

(2)  Do you have some suggestions for us to improve our service?

The initially proposed 3D2N itinerary is an overkill of Tulou visits.   The original plan was such that we visit Chu Xi on Day 3, but Chu Xi is the furthest (3 hours) from Xiamen, so it doesnt make too much sense cos it would be a mad rush if guests are rushing to fly off on Day 3.    Our tour guide Adam adapted the itinerary, we cut down the more commercialized tulous and he even  included He Keng Tulou which is the place that Hollywood Mulan was filmed in, that was a real treat.   

From our experiences, if we fly into Xiamen by 9am, we would have 2 full days of Tulou visits, which is more than sufficient.  First nite at HeRongZhuang was a good experience, the staff are very hospitable and room was very nice.   Second nite at Prince Hotel there was power failure, and after being in the dark for 4 hours, we decided to check out and drove to Xiamen.  We were on the road from 9.30pm to 12 midnight.  I think it would be better if the itinerary just have first nite in Tulou and second nite in Xiamen, with Day 3 in Xiamen.  

(3)  If you want to do travel again in China, would you like to use our service again?

Yes.  I would certainly consider

 

Regards

Chew - 2020.09.23‚ Singapore, September 23, 2020

Dear Wing,

The hotel is beautiful. We took a walk around and end up having dinner in the hotel. It's very nice.

We got back to the hotel a while ago. We enjoyed the trip with Sara very much. She is a lovely woman like you. And once again thank you very much for the lovely souvenirs.

Werawan - 2020.09.23‚ Japan, September 23, 2020

Dear Johnson,

Sorry for my late reply.

We were really very happy with the whole trip to Yunnan province. It was very special and we still talk about it a lot.

The program you suggested was great, and we had a fantastic time. Everything was flawless, convenient and no long waiting times.

We specifically liked:

  • Your responsiveness
  • That the guides are locals and can really introduce the local culture to the guests.
  • That the guides were flexible in the day to day arrangements
  • English skills of all guides were excellent!
  • That the guides take pictures J
  • The driver Mr. Yu was super. We felt very safe

Alice was fantastic. We enjoyed that she told us about her village, family etc. to help us to understand the Bai culture better. We liked her personal style. It felt like walking around with a friend, joking and having a good time.

Tom also made the Lijiang experience a very memorable one. He also opened up, reflected and gave us great insight in traditions and culture of Naxi. He knows everyone.

The best about Aten was that he made some suggestions how to optimize the program and how to avoid tourist crowds. He loves to talk to the guests, exchange ideas and make this a mutual learning experience.

We would without any doubt recommend your agency. We consider to book trips with you in the future.

Thank you very much for everything.

 

Best regards,

Christine

Christine - 2020.09.21‚ Germany, September 21, 2020

Hi Vivien,

Yes it was great. Bruce handled everything for us including assisting us with our hotel arrangements and our transportation the following morning. The mountain itself was beautiful.

Matthew - 2020.09.21‚ USA, September 21, 2020

Hi Riley,

Thanks for the follow up. Again, we are so happy with the trip and the services. Tour guide very good, car and driver very good and the places we visited are really nice. Also lunch was good.

Alejandro - 2020.09.21‚ Mexico, September 21, 2020
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  • Welcome to Xian Welcome to Xian
  • Terracotta Warriors were built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife Terracotta Warriors were built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife
  • Xian MakeChinese Dumplings Xian MakeChinese Dumplings
  • Our guests biking on the Ancient City Wall Our guests biking on the Ancient City Wall
  • The Ever-lasting Sorrow Show at Huaqing Palace The Ever-lasting Sorrow Show at Huaqing Palace
  • Small Wild Goose Pagoda in June Small Wild Goose Pagoda in June
  • Xian Museum Xian Museum
  • Calligraphy class at Tangbo Art Museum Calligraphy class at Tangbo Art Museum
  • Muslim Snack Street Muslim Snack Street
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Terracotta Figures in Hanyanglilng Museum Terracotta Figures in Hanyanglilng Museum

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1. What are the features of China Discovery’s private Xian tour packages?

Our private Xian tour packages let you decide where to go, when to go, where to stay and touring paces on your own. The itinerary, hotels, food, cultural programs are customized to match your requirements. Before the tour, our knowledgeable Xian experts will give reliable suggestions and propose ideal tour package for you. During the tour, our private tour guide will help you learn deep about the history and culture of Xian, and make sure everything work well throughout the tour at the same time.

2. Do you need a visa for Xian?

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.

3. Xian Weather, best time to visit and wearing ideas

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.

4. How to Get to Xian

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.

5. Where to Stay in Xian

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.

6. Extend Xian trip to Mount Huashan, Luoyang and Shaolin Temple is strongly recommended

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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