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Most people only spend two or three days in Xī’ān; dynastic enthusiasts could easily stay busy for a week. Must-sees include the Army of Terracotta Warriors, the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, Xī’ān City Walls and the Muslim Quarter, but try to set aside time for its pagodas and museums, plus a side trip to nearby Huá Shān.

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Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

The Terracotta Army in Xi’an was created to guard Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb and to protect him in the afterlife. It is estimated that there are more than 7,000 life-sized terracotta figures and horses buried in the mausoleum, and you can see this spectacular site on this full-day tour! The museum complex features extensive exhibits, artifacts and a movie of the rich history of the site.After your visit to the Terracotta Warriors site, enjoy a traditional Chinese style lunch. Then, you'll head to the site of the Banpo ruins. Dating back about 6,000 years, Banpo was a typical Neolithic matriarchal community. At that time, the Banpo people used tools made primarily of wood and stone. Women, the crucial labor force, were responsible for making pottery, spinning, and raising the family while the men fished. These ruins of a Banpo village was discovered in 1953, when 45 houses, six pottery kilns, 200 storage pits, 250 adult's tombs and children's burial jars, and 10,000 tools and utensils were unearthed.

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Private Customizable Terracotta Warriors Day Tour

With this private customizable day tour, you will not make stops at any commission based sites disguised as tea houses or jade factories and waste your valuable time in Xi'an.Your guide will meet you at your downtown Xi'an hotel lobby at 08:00 and take you on an one-hour ride with private vehicle to visit your first stop of the day and the highlight of Xian, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. You will spend 2.5 to 3 hours at the museum to marvel at the massive life-sized terracotta warriors and horses troops before transfer back to the city. In the afternoon, choose two of the following attraction according to your personal interests and pace. To abide by new local tourism bureau regulations since Oct 2018, clients need to decide at before departure what to see now. If you don't make any decision, then The Xian City Wall and the Muslim Streets will be default.  • The Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di • Huaqing Hot Springs • Banpo Museum • Shaanxi History Museum (closed on Mondays) • Xian City Wall • Big Wild Goose Pagoda • Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square • Muslim Street • Any other downtown sites (please specify at time of booking) At the end of this tour, you will be transferred back to your downtown Xi'an hotel where this tour concludes around 4pm. Please note that admission tickets and lunch are not included in order to give you maximum flexibility on personal preferences and enjoyment! The total admissions involved are around RMB120 to RMB300 based on sites of your choosing.

$52 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Xi'an Evening or Morning Food Tour by TukTuk

You will meet at an easy-to-find central location and then wind your way through the narrow streets and alleys by tuktuk within the Xi’an City Wall to find the best food in the city. We’ll take you places where only locals go. You’ll cover a lot of ground and get off the beaten path to family-run restaurants that you (and other tourists) won’t find on your own. Between food stops, you’ll be able to chat with your English-speaking guide about the city while drinking unlimited chilled beer and soda during the ride.While visiting our 4-5 food stops, you will get to learn about the families that have been making their specialties for generations. You’ll watch your food being made and learn about what makes it so special to Xian locals. Whether it’s sitting by an old man grilling meat over coals in a quaint Muslim Quarter alleyway, or watching noodles hand-pulled to order, there is something to try for everyone.The tour will finish at the only local brewery in Xian where you can tour the facility and sample what’s on tap before we treat you to a pint of your choice.If you don't have time for the evening tour, check out the Morning Food and Market Tour by Tuktuk to start your new day in Xi'an. Taste some of Xi’an’s best dishes on a 4-hour morning food tour led by an experienced guide. Travel off the beaten path in your own tuk-tuk, venturing into hidden streets and quaint alleyways within Xian’s city walls to find popular eateries. Sit down next to the locals as you sample a variety of dishes, with unlimited food and drinks (including beer). Enjoy a classic breakfast, sipping morning tea, tasting snacks from street vendors, and exploring the largest market in Xi'an with your informative guide on this fun and fascinating food tour.

$129 Tours & Sightseeing

Xian Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Including Big Wild Goose Pagoda

This full-day guided tour of Xi’an begins with a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum for a cultural and historical overview of the province, dating back to the great Emperor Qing. Travel to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist temple built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty, which served as a holding place for religious texts and holy figurines that were brought to China from India. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch before visiting one of the oldest existing Chinese city walls. The walls form a circumference of nearly 9 miles (14km), and each side has a gateway beyond which stand three massive towers. Learn about how the corners of the wall feature a watchtower that was used for defense against intruders.Continue your sightseeing tour to the Great Mosque. First constructed in the Tang Dynasty, the mosque adheres to traditional Chinese architectural style, and its grounds were expanded in the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties to include extensive pavilions, platforms and halls.After your full-day guided tour, sit back, relax and enjoy a comfortable drive back to your hotel.

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Private Half-Day Tour of Xi'an Terracotta Warriors

Get personalized attention on this 5-hour private tour of xi'an.visit the Terracotta Army Museum and learn about the history of the China.Round-trip private transportation included;Morning or afternoon tour times available to fit your schedule.Upgrade your trip to include Tang Dynasty show and Xi 'an Dumpling Feast. Meet up your friendly private guide at your hotel lobby in the morning or afternoon based on your preferred schedule.transferred by comfortable vehicle to Terracotta Army Museum.your guide will share with you the history and story of the area.  The museum covers an area of 16,300 square meters,divided into three sections:No.1 Pit,No.2 Pit,and No. 3 Pit respectively.No.1 Pit is the largest,first opened to the public on China's National Day,1979.there are columns of soldiers at the front,followed by war chariots at the back.No.2 Pit,found in 1976,is 20 meters northeast of No.1 Pit.it contained over a thousand warriors and 90 chariots of wood.it was unveiled to the public in 1994. Archeologists came upon No. 3 Pit also in 1976,25 meters northwest of No.1 Pit.it looked like to be the command center of the armed forces.it went on display in 1989,with 68 warriors,a war chariot and four horses.altogether over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these pits.most of them have been restored to their former grandeur.the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a sensational archeological find of all times.it was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages. After your tour is finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Xi'an Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Show

Your evening experience in Xi'an begins with a feast of local dumplings, nearly 20 varieties that are steamed and stuffed with a delicious assortment of vegetables, meats and seafood. But the banquet is only the prelude to another feast for the senses. You'll experience the local color and pageantry of the Tang Dynasty Show. The performance showcases the music, dance and colorful costumes that have graced the region for centuries. The dinner and entertainment lasts for two and half hours and will fill a memorable evening in the walled city.