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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...

    The tour was good, we got to see what we wanted. Bring plenty of time, the tour was much longer than shown. This was attributed to the public holiday this day with respective traffic jam. But it also took the guide some time to get everything organized. No rush though, He gave plenty of time for Fotos and questions. English was good to guide through the day but limited for detailed questions.

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Small Group Buddhism Walking Tour

    2. 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 -...

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

  • Xi'an City Wall: Guided Tour with Cycling Option

    3. 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 w...

    Our guide helped us find the best entrance to the city walls and negotiated cycle rental for and waited for us to complete our cycle. This made the trip quicker and easier for us. He was polite and considerate. Recommend this tour. This tour company helped with taxis and a medical issue. Recommend this company.

  • Xi'an: Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Museum Guided Tour

    4. Xi'an: Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Museum Guided Tour

    Discover the artifacts from one of the world’s most significant archaeological excavations on this trip from Xi’an. Depart from Xi’an and enjoy a ride to the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, which is home to over 7,000 terracotta warriors, which are over 2000 years old. See the over 7,000 terracotta warriors, terracotta horses, and numerous bronze chariots and weapons, and learn about China's first emperor, for whom the warriors were built. See artifacts from the first unified empire in Chinese history while learning about the rise of the empire. Visit the largest tomb in known Chinese history, and learn about Emperor Qinshihuang’s unique approach to funerary art and his vision of the afterlife and modern China while accompanied by an expert guide.

  • Mini Group: Xi’an Terracotta Warriors and City Wall Tour

    5. Mini Group: Xi’an Terracotta Warriors and City Wall Tour

    From downtown Xi'an you'll head to the Terracotta Warrior Museum with your expert guide. Discover the amazing terracotta warriors that were buried for more than 2,000 years and hear interesting stories about China's first emperor - Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259–210 B.C.). You will visit 3 pits in the museum. Pit 1 is the largest and is estimated to house around 6,000 figures, as well as a great quantity of bronze weaponry. In pit 2 it is estimated that the terracotta warriors and horses amount to 1,300 figures. However, the great variety makes it the top-rated among all 3 pits. Pit 3 is the smallest with only 72 terracotta warriors and horses.  The bronze chariot pit exhibits 2 painted bronze chariots, representing Emperor Qin Shi Huang's vehicles. The bronze chariots are the earliest, largest, and best-preserved bronze artifacts in the world. Next, you'll be transferred from the museum to...

    It is an amazing city, a must see in China. The terracotta worriers museum is great and also the city wall. Definitely recommend to take this tour

  • Xi’an Great Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Dinner

    6. Xi’an Great Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Dinner

    Xi’an earned its fame as the former Chinese Capital City for 13 dynasties, including during the Tang Dynasty when China was the most powerful empire and Chang’an (the former name of Xi’an) was the biggest international metropolis in the world. The Great Tang Dynasty Show recreates the grand feel of that period with dancing and a musical show. You can also enjoy a dumpling dinner at the theatre (depending on option chosen). You will be picked up from your hotel by a premium car if the transfer option is selected. You will receive the booking information at least one day before the show starts, including your full name, date of show, starting time of the show, the address of the theatre in English and Chinese, and emergency contact number. The shows usually starts at 7:530 PM and you are suggested to get there 30 minutes in advance. After finding your seat with help from the staff, get re...

    Such a great evening. Well worth the trip, and would recommend to all travellers to Xi’an. The dumpling dinner prior to the show was also exceptional. Great seat given to me by Lenna.

  • Muslim Quarter: Small Group Night Market Foodie Walking Tour

    7. Muslim Quarter: Small Group Night Market Foodie Walking Tour

    The Muslim Quarter’s narrow lanes are full of butcher shops, sesame oil factories, smaller mosques hidden behind enormous wooden doors, men in white skullcaps and women with their heads covered in colored scarves. Steeped in history, the neighborhood has housed a largely Muslim population since the 7th century. Many of the dishes served have changed little since that time. With a group of 7 people or fewer, this tour will offer incredible smells and tastes. Chefs stir-fry lamb and spices in hot woks set over blazing hot coal ovens. Nearby, hawkers roast walnuts or sell prunes of varying prices and degrees of quality. Stacks of bamboo baskets filled with mutton and beef dumplings steam away next to fresh fruit vendors and old ladies stir-frying potatoes. In addition to tasting the exquisite local cuisine, you can also choose the option to explore the largest and best-preserved of the ea...

    Best street food tour! The muslin area is a very interesting place with a nice food street, kilometeres long! We had a super local tour guide, who showed us the secret places, brought us to the best food places and showed us where and how the locals eat. It was fun and interesting! I highly recommend this tour to everybody. Thanks to our tourguide Noble for the excellent tour. :)

  • Mini Group: Half-Day Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Tour

    8. Mini Group: Half-Day Xi'an Terracotta Warriors Tour

    Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel's lobby at the appointed time holding a placard with your name on it. Normally, it takes about 50 minutes to drive from downtown Xi'an to the Terracotta Warrior Museum.  Three pits have been excavated and can be visited at the Museum. The largest pit, Pit 1, is believed to contain 6,000 warriors and horses. They are all life-sized, facing east, and are lined up in battle formation. What is particularly striking is the fact that no two of them are alike. Pit 2, which is smaller than Pit 1, contains around 1,300 warriors and horses, and it is still being excavated. The smallest pit, Pit 3, contains 72 warriors and horses, and is believed to be the army headquarters due to the number of high-ranking officers unearthed there. Next, visit the Bronze Chariot Pit where two painted bronze chariots are on display in a small museum to the right of ...

    My two friends and myself had such a brilliant experience. Our tour guide Maggie was incredible. So warm, welcoming, energetic and knowledgeable. Everything was timed perfectly and the food at the local restaurant afterwards was incredible. I’d highly recommend this experience! Katrina Dix

  • Xi'an: Skip-The-Line Terracotta Warriors Private Day Tour

    9. Xi'an: Skip-The-Line Terracotta Warriors Private Day Tour

    This private customizable day tour will take you to visit Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and two of the following highlights of Xian according to your personal interests: The Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, Banpo Museum, Shaanxi History Museum, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Great Mosque or the Muslim Street. Start with a pickup from your downtown Xi'an hotel lobby and a one-hour drive onboard a private vehicle.

    Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Marvel at the massive life-sized terracotta warriors and horses troops. Experience the wonder of these ancient artifacts and gain a deep understanding about the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China.

    Afterward, visit two of the following recommended sites. If you cannot decide on what to see, then the Xian City Wall and the Muslim Streets will be th...

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

    10. 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 buildi...

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What people are saying about Xi'an

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 94 reviews

Phoebe was a brilliant, knowledgeable guide with excellent English. The pick up and drop off from my hotel was very easy and the car was comfy and warm! The warriors were as amazing as expected with Phoebe’s expert knowledge of the history of the artefacts bringing it all to life. The lunch at a local restaurant afterwards was delicious - best meal I’ve had in Xi’an! Overall, a perfect tour and highly recommended. Thank you Phoebe!

My two friends and myself had such a brilliant experience. Our tour guide Maggie was incredible. So warm, welcoming, energetic and knowledgeable. Everything was timed perfectly and the food at the local restaurant afterwards was incredible. I’d highly recommend this experience! Katrina Dix

It is an amazing city, a must see in China. The terracotta worriers museum is great and also the city wall. Definitely recommend to take this tour

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

Amazing and wanderful. No words to Describe the beauty of the place