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Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Walking Tour with Transfer Options

1. Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Walking Tour with Transfer Options

The unexpected unearthing of the Terracotta Warriors, a hoard of legendary life-sized clay soldiers intended to fill an emperor’s elaborate mausoleum, is renowned as one of the world’s greatest archaeological events. On this 2.5-hour tour, experience the wonder of these ancient artifacts and gain a deep understanding from your expert tour guide about the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China, which shaped the nation as it is known today.  If the transfer option was selected, you will be collected from your accommodation and driven to the Terracotta Warriors Museum in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, or you can choose to meet the tour guide at the museum. Your unforgettable tour begins in Pit 1 of the museum, which is the largest of the excavated pits and home to around 6,000 soldiers. Then, head to Pit 2 and 3, where the cavalry and infantry units and officers are located. The famous Bronze Chariot Pit, where two painted bronze chariots are on display, will not be forgotten.  Your expert tour guide will give you a comprehensive introduction to Imperial China’s distinctive approach to funerary art as well as the celebrated sculptures of their scale, both in terms of each individual sculpture’s height and of the group as a whole. If you select the lunch option, you will be treated to a traditional local style Chinese meal before being transferred back to your accommodation. 

Xi'an City Wall: Guided Tour with Cycling Option

2. Xi'an City Wall: Guided Tour with Cycling Option

The City Wall, as the landmark of the ancient capital Xian, is a must-see spot for travelers. With a group of 7 people or less, your professional tour guide will bring the glorious history of Xi’an to life on this 2-hour walking tour. Your tour guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point. They will introduce you to the fascinating history and culture of this old city during the 10-minute walk to the South Gate of City Wall. If the transportation option is selected, you will be transferred by car and meet the tour guide at South Gate. Xi’an City Wall is the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. It served as the military defensive system in ancient times, which can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty. After arriving at the City Wall, you can choose to explore the wall by foot or ride a bike to enjoy the panoramic views of the city and take in 600 years of history whistling past your face. Your tour guide will tell you the story hidden in corners of the wall along the way.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Small Group Buddhism Walking Tour

3. Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Small Group Buddhism Walking Tour

Situated in Da Ci'en Temple, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China. This tour will give you a comprehensive visit to this architectural masterpiece of Buddhism in China with 1300 years of history. After meeting up, follow your tour guide with a group of 7 people or less to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda by taking the subway like a real local. If the transportation option is selected, you will be transferred by a premium car and meet your tour guide at North Square. Walking through the Morning Clock and Fountain in North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, you will enter the Da Ci'en Temple where the Pagoda stands. Listening to the interpretation of your expert guide, you can immerse yourself in this bright pearl on the Silk Road with excellent architectural beauty, precious Buddhist relics, rich religious culture, and stories of the famous ancient monk - Xuan Zang. You may also choose to climb up the pagoda to discover the secret of precious Sarira and enjoy the panoramic views from the top.

Xi'an: Guided Bell Tower and Drum Tower Tour with Meal

4. Xi'an: Guided Bell Tower and Drum Tower Tour with Meal

Take in incredible views of the city of X’ian from its magnificent Bell Tower and Drum Tower, and learn all about its intriguing history from your local guide. Depending on the option you choose, you will either meet the guide yourself at the Bell Tower Hotel or get transferred from your hotel to the meeting point by a premium car. Head to the Bell Tower along with your guide and marvel at the ancient wonder located right at the heart of the bustling city of Xi’an. This 14th-century wooden monument from the Ming dynasty, standing at the height of 36 meters, was used to tell time during ancient times. Enter the tower and walk up the wooden stairs to the top of the building as you listen to your guide share fascinating stories about its legendary past. Behold the panoramic views of the city from the top and take time to let that sink in. Continue towards the Drum Tower, a smaller building at 7.7 meters in height that marks the entrance towards the city’s Muslim Quarter. Learn about the historical role of this tower from your guide before making your way into the Muslim Quarter. Walk past an unending line of vibrant food stalls selling cakes, dried fruits, bread, and barbequed meat before you arrive at your final stop — Jia San Soup Dumpling Restaurant — a must-try restaurant in the Muslim Quarter. After a delicious meal at the restaurant, in case you’re left wanting more, feel free to get recommendations from your guide for the best street food you could try.

Shuanglin Temple And Wang's Compound From Pingyao

5. Shuanglin Temple And Wang's Compound From Pingyao

Pick-up from your hotel lobby is at 9:00 by local tour guide, aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to start the highlight day trip from Pingyao. Your first stop will be Shuanglin Temple reputed to be the ancient painted sculptures museum. Listed in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, Shuanglin Temple houses more than 2,000 colorful sculptures reflecting the exquisite skills of the artisans of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Head inside the Temple with a history of about 1,400 years, follow your guide to stroll around the large and small halls, and view the vivid and lifelike sculptures. Move on to a local restaurant to enjoy delicious lunch and have a short break. Then drive approximately 1 hours to visit the Wang's Compound -a luxurious residence built during 1762-1811 of the Wang Family. Wang's Compound is not only an example of residential architecture, but also a museum of architectural art. Walk into the courtyard, one can see sculptures of stone, wood and brick everywhere. The architectural groups open for viewing are Gaojia Ya, Hongmen Bao, Chongning Bao, etc. The Painting and Calligraphy Hall displays hundreds of excellent works while Treasure Hall contains collections of furnishings, old coins, porcelains, rare stones and jade carvings. Afterwards, enjoy comfortable transfer back to your hotel to conclude the memorable day trip.

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What people are saying about Shanxi Province

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

We really enjoyed the tour, was picked at my hotel, went to the touristic place in a very comfortable car. We skipped lines to buy the tickets, and our guide Isaac was helping us in all the QR code and identity checks (quite useful for foreigners ;-) He explained us a lot about the historical context of the site, as well as how the side has been built, which was very interesting I really recommend this tour, thanks a lot !

Terracota warriors tour and airport pickup

Did a Terracota warriors tour and airport pickup with three people, the agent used in china (Leena) was excellent with great communications and flexibility of changes to transfers. The guide was also very good - all in all a great experience

Great tour all good

Pick up good, guide great wealth of information, she was organized, had a great lunch. Overall a great tour and organinzing through the tour operator (Lenna at Xian Local Travel Agency was fantastic)

It was wonderful Special To know the history and see the warriors and their puzzle-making process Our guide JiaJia was wonderful

Very good tour and Sam my guide was excellent, very knowledgable and helpful. Would recommend to any visitor to Xi’an.