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3 Days Xian Mount Huashan Leisure Tour (Best for Families and Seniors)

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Huashan is famous as the world's most dangerous hike! Can I visit it in a leisure and safe way?

Yes! Take our private tour package which has your own private comfortable vehicle, tour guide as well as your own featured itinerary to visit Xian and hike Mount Huashan in a leisure way. Our 3 Days Xian Mount Huashan Leisure Tour not only takes you to discover the muse-see Terracotta Warriors, but also finds you the most leisure places to visit in Xian, such as the Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter (snack street), etc. You will hike the most precipitous mountain in China and have an adventurous experience at the famous Plank Walk (if it is open). To ensure your comfort, we will use the new and scenic West Peak Cable Car to ascend and descend the mountain, which will help you save a lot of time and energy.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-XT-03C
  • Price : from $497 ($497)
    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 / Hiking
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Worry free private tour package including private car transfer, English speaking tour guide, flexible arrival and departure on your own, comfortable and well-located hotels, carefully selected restaurants;
  • Explore the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites Terracotta Warriors and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and wander leisurely on the Ancient City Wall and Muslim Quarter (snack street);
  • Take the adventurous and scenic West Peak Cable Car to ascend and descend Mount Hua, saving a great deal of both your time and energy while without missing the best highlights of Mount Huashan;
  • Visit a local family to check out what is the daily living of a traditional family in northern China and learn to make Chinese dumplings under the hospitable instruction of the host.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Xian Terracotta Warriors Sightseeing ( L )

Today's highlights: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter

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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. 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 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.

Plan B: There is also a Plan B, especially recommended during peak season (May to October), which is to go to accommodate at the foot of Mount Huashan (about 2hrs' driving from Xian) so that you will have more leisure time for tomorrow's Huangshan hiking.

  • Witness the countless Terracotta Warriors Witness the countless Terracotta Warriors
  • Visit Muslim Quarter to Enjoy Some Snacks Visit Muslim Quarter to Enjoy Some Snacks
  • Big Wood Goose Pagoda Big Wood Goose Pagoda
  • Great Mosque Great Mosque, a fusion of Chinese culture and Islamic culture

Day 2 Xian - Huashan Leisure Hiking - Xian ( B )

Leisure Mount Huashan hiking: Cable car - West Peak - South Peak - Plank Walk - East Peak - Cable car

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After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel. Then you will be escorted to Mount Hua (Huashan) by car, which will take you two hours on the way.

After arrival, you will take the tourist bus to the station of West Peak Cableway, then take a cable car directly up to the summit area of the mountain. Hanging over 900 meters above the valley, West Peak Cable Car offers breathtaking view of the peaks and valleys of Mount Huashan, which is a highlight you can't miss out. Hike West Peak first. This peak is also called Lotus Peak because of its unique shape. It is formed by a huge rock. Hence, it's very steep. Then walk about 30mins from West Peak to the South Peak which is the highest peak on Mount Hua. From South Peak, you can see other four lower peaks in a panoramic scene. Walking down about 15mins from the top of South Peak, you will reach the famous Plank Road in the Sky which is seen as the most dangerous path in the world. It is a more than 100 meters long, 0.3 meters wide plank road built along the surface of a vertical cliff, which usually takes about 30~45 minutes to walk through and back. Keep walking about 40mins, you will reach the East Peak. It has a wide view of surrounding. The eastern side of East Peak is a fearsome cliff while the rest sides are flourishing with ancient trees. Most famous attraction on East Peak is Sparrow Hawk Turning Over (鹞子翻身) and Chess Playing Pavilion. Sightsee around East Peak for about 40mins, then walk back to the West Peak Cableway station via another trail near Central Peak. Take a cable car down the mountain. Your driver is ready to transfer you back to Xian.

Useful tips: 1) you can pack some favorite foods and drinks with you because there is not much food you can buy on the mountain; 2) it usually needs to queue up (possibly up to hours during crowded days) to enter the Huashan Plank Walk, so it's very important to depart from Xian early and control well your hiking pace on the mountain.

  • Looking West Peak from South Peak on Huashan Looking West Peak from South Peak on Huashan
  • The thrilling Plank Road in the Sky on Mount Hua The thrilling Plank Road in the Sky on Mount Hua
  • West Peak Cableway on Mount Hua West Peak Cableway on Mount Hua

Day 3 Xian Half Day Sightseeing & Departure ( B )

Today's highlights: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Local family visit, Make Chinese dumplings

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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!

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 host. Enjoy the unique Dumpling Banquet.

The rest of today is flexible for you to catch your flight/train to next destination.

  • Xian MakeChinese Dumplings Enjoying Making Chinese Dumplings in a Local Family
  • Enjoy a cycling on the Ancient City Wall of Xian Enjoy a cycling on the Ancient City Wall of Xian

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Panoramic View of Yangshuo Town

The quotation for this trip is from $497 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 6.45. 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;
  • Round-trip transfers of Mount Huashan West Peak Cable Car;
  • Hotel pick up and Airport (and train station) 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;
  • Safety rope for Plank Walk on Mount Huashan;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Jack

Took us a couple of days to get back to normal here

Both tours were amazing

We all agreed that Zhangjiajie is one of the most amazing places we have ever been

Beautiful scenery, unbelievable landscapes and basically incredible sights and attractions

Disappointed we missed the Fairy Fox show, but that was just timing

Xian was equally as interesting and to spend our Christmas Day with the Terracotta Warriors was a Christmas to remember

Both guides were brilliant and very knowledgeable

Thanks again for arranging this for us and I have already been passing China Discovery details on to others and will continue to do so

Steven - 2020.01.05‚ UK, January 5, 2020

Vivien,

It was a great trip. Candy was a wonderful guide. The van was extremely comfortable and made the one day trip very easy for my family. We would definitely use her again in the future and recommend her to others.

Thank you once again for helping set up a memorable trip.

Ryan

 

Ryan - 2020.01.05‚ USA, January 5, 2020

Hi Zeva

I was very happy with my tour and tour guide - Susan and the driver did a wonderful job of showing me the city.  I was very happy with the whole experience and would book again with you if I make it back to Chongqing.

Regards

Debra

 

Debra - 2020.01.04‚ Australia, January 4, 2020

Dear Riley,

We just arrived in Manila. Thank you again for sending us a gift. We really appreciate it. Also, thank you for organizing our wonderful trip. This trip is one of our unforgettable and great trips. Will surely recommend you and will surely book another trip with you. Martin and Mary is very insightful and detailed in every area where we head to. They really know what to share with us. Hotels and Foods are all fit with us. Our tummies and body were happy. haha! Also the roadtrip was smooth. But the van in Chengdu gives me a little headache due to the smell of smoke inside the car quite strong. But everything is OK. Thank You again. 

Kind Regards,

Monica

 

Monica - 2020.01.03‚ Philippines, January 3, 2020

Hello Riley, 

Happy new year to you! We had a great time in China. Everything was very well organised and the tour went very smoothly. The guides Tom in Kunming, Carey (?) in Dali and Jack in Lijiang were excellent. Very knowledgeable and went out of their way to make us comfortable.  Aten in Shangri La was ok but not to the standard of the other three. The only negative would be that the heating in the hotels were slightly inadequate so we were cold! Otherwise we had a great trip and would definitely recommend your company to others. 

Thanks and regards.

Quah - 2020.01.03‚ Malaysia, January 3, 2020
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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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  • Witness the countless Terracotta Warriors Witness the countless Terracotta Warriors
  • Visit Muslim Quarter to Enjoy Some Snacks Visit Muslim Quarter to Enjoy Some Snacks
  • Big Wood Goose Pagoda Big Wood Goose Pagoda
  • Great Mosque Great Mosque
  • Looking West Peak from South Peak on Huashan Looking West Peak from South Peak on Huashan
  • The thrilling Plank Road in the Sky on Mount Hua The thrilling Plank Road in the Sky on Mount Hua
  • West Peak Cableway on Mount Hua West Peak Cableway on Mount Hua
  • Xian MakeChinese Dumplings Xian MakeChinese Dumplings
  • Enjoy a cycling on the Ancient City Wall of Xian Enjoy a cycling on the Ancient City Wall of Xian

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

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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 & Huashan weather, best time to visit and wearing ideas

Both Xi'an and Huashan have 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 while Huashan is cooler. Because the mountain is steep and tall, the temperature drops 0.44℃ - 0.5℃ for every 100 meters’ elevation. For the low mountain area (<1000m above sea level), the annual average temperature is 9 - 14℃ (48.2 – 57.2 ℉). In high mountain area (>1000m above sea level), the average temperature is less than 8℃ (46.4℉).

The best hiking periods of Mount Huashan is April to June and September to Middle November. It’s windy and snowy during December to March of next year, which make it dangerous to walk the stairs. July and August are rainy season as well as the summer school holiday, not good time to hike Mount Huashan. Wear a pair of comfortable hiking shoes, comfortable clothes for hiking, gloves for hold on to the chains, rain gears.

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.

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