3 Days Xi'an Local Culture Tour

-- Terracotta Warriors
-- Ancient City Wall
-- Shadow Puppet Play
-- Learn Paper Cutting
-- Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter
Departure date:
Tour Code: CTG-XA05

Tour Description

Combining the ancient history of Xi'an and China together with the local traditions, this tour lead you to Shaanxi History Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Ancient City Wall for a time travel, and then takes an experience of the local life by touring to Donghan Village for learning paper cutting and to Gao's Courtyard for watching shadow puppet play. Also a dive into the local Muslim culture at the Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque.

Time travel with Shaanxi History Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum and Ancient City Wall

Experience local life at Donghan Vilalge, Muslim Quarter & the Great Mosque

Interesting activities including learning paper cuttings and watching shadow play

Day 1 Arrival in Xi'an: Shaanxi History Museum - Ancient City Wall (Lunch)
Today's Activities Greetings from Xi'an! Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at the airport/ train station and take you to your hotel for checking in and a brief rest. After lunch, begin your Xi'an tour!

Your first encounter is the Shaanxi History Museum, which has already prepared for you a thick history book to read with its collection of over 300,000 ancient articles from the Bronze Age to the modern time. A great feast to your knowledge. (Visit: about 1 hour)

Followed up is the Ancient City Wall. This great rampart is 12 meters high and 15 meters wide in the upper part. You can take a leisure stroll on top and hold the city into your eyes. It's the best preserved of its kind in China and a witness of the long long history of Xi'an and China.
Shaanxi History Museum Shaanxi History Museum Ancient City Wall          
Shaanxi History Museum
Colored Glazed Pottery
Shaanxi History Museum
Grand View
Ancient City Wall
Day 2 Xi'an: Terracotta Warriors - Paper Cutting Learning at Donghan Village (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Terracotta Warriors is without doubt the top choice for your Xi'an tour. You may have seen them on TV or in pictures, but have you imagine what kind of feeling will it be when facing to thousands of terracotta warriors? Endured over 2,200 years, these life-like terracotta soldiers still stand in their position of guarding the Emperor Qin Shihuang. History carried by these silent guards is surely worth your reading. Lunch will be served at the Friendship Restaurant inside the Scenic Area.

In the afternoon you will turn to a local village - Donghan Village, which is about 30km southwest away from Xi'an downtown and known for its folk arts of painting and paper cutting. Simple and natural, the Donghan paintings and paper cuttings are with themes close to ordinary life and usually convey auspicious wishes. Now you have the chance to join and learn!
Terracotta Warriors Terracotta Warriors Donghan Village Papercut          
Pit 1 Overview
Terracotta Warriors
Kneeling Archer
Ancient City Wall
Papercut Butterfly
Donghan Village
Day 3 Xi'an: Small Wild Goose Pagoda - Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter - Shadow Play at Gao's Courtyard - Departure (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities After breakfast, enjoy your morning at the lovely Small Wild Goose Pagoda - tranquil environemnt, exquisite Buddhist buildings, and the grand old bell... It's also a popular relaxing place of the local people.

Then move to the Muslim Quarter, the main gathering place of the local Muslim community and also a center of exotic shops and savory restaurants. You can go either shopping or feast your mouth or both!

The core of this community is the Great Mosque, and it's also the most sacred place. It features a great mixed architecture of Chinese and Muslim styles. You may happen to meet with some Muslim followers coming for worship.

Another wonderful place in the Muslim Quarter is the Gao's Courtyard, a traditional Chinese courtyard dwelling of the successful Gao Family. You will enjoy the old house, furniture and living articles here as well as an interesting Shadow Puppet Play with traditional music.

Later of the day you will be escorted to the airport/train station for your next destination. Wish you a nice journey.
Small Wild Goose Pagoda The Great Mosque Gao's Courtyard          
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Muslims Performing Prayers
The Great Mosque
Shadow Puppet Play
Gao's Courtyard
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Tour Guide: A local experienced English-speaking guide Hotels: 2-night accommodation in Xi'an
Vehicle: A private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Car Driver: An experienced licensed driver
Water & Tissues: Free purified water and tissues offered per day; Luggage Transfers: A hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Xi'an City
Xi'an Hotel
Sheraton Hotel Xi'an
Located near the 600-year-old City Wall and close to the city centre, Sheraton Hotel is just 35 minutes from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.
With first-class amenities, facilities and family-friendly services, Sheraton Xi'an Hotel will make you feel at home.
Xi'an Hotel
Bell Tower Hotel Xi'an
Right in the busy center of Xi'an downtown and facing the famous Bell Tower, the Hotel enjoys convenient transportation and offers great service. It's only minutes' walk from the Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque, about 25 minutes' walk from the Ancient City Wall. The hotel is close to bus station, metro station (Line 2), and Airport Express stops. It's about 50 minutes' drive from the Airport.
Xi'an Hotel
City Hotel Xi'an
Located in the booming city center, City Hotel is within walking distance to the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter, the Great Mosque and the Ancient City Wall. It's right behind the Bell Tower Hotel. Bus station, metro and Airport Express stop are within easy reach. It's about 50 minutes' drive from the Airport.
The hotel is a 3-star modern hotel offering comfortable living space with simple but elegant decor.

Meals in the Package

-- This package include 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches
-- Dinners are for your own arrangement

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:


Xi'an features distinctive cuisines of China Northwest, such as various-shaped Chinese dumplings and other wheaten food. Muslim Quarter gathers lots of delicious local food like Rou Jia Mo and shish kebabs, etc.
(1) Here we highly recommend Chinese Dumpling Dinner, which also named Jiaozi, typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping. As a must-try for visitors, it serves with Tang dynasty show. And it belongs to an [add on] item in the tour.
(2) Rou Jia Mo, also called Chinese Hamburger, is very similar to the Western hamburger essentially, but with different cooking method.

Chinese Dumpling Dinner Rou Jia Mo (Chinese Hamburger)

Your Add On:


Hi Nancy,

We had a very relaxing and enjoyable tour. We visited all the places we had planned for plus insights to local cultures.

Xi'an tour was our first private tour. With this experience, we would be able to design better private tour in the future. Both the driver and tour guide are good. Hotel accommodation and services are excellent. Food or restaurant choices can be improved.

We also appreciate your professional support and services in providing the necessary information and communication for local arrangements. HRC and you will surely cross our minds when we plan for our next tour in China.

With kind regards

Customer: Mr. Teo

Destinations: Xi'an

Related Tour: 5 Days Ancient Empire Memories of Xi'an

Dear Sara,

Our trip to Xi'an was very good. Hebe was a first class, very knowledgeable tour guide & the driver was also excellent and we would thank them for their work during our visit.

The Hotel was also very good and we enjoyed the stay at the Shangri-La. Accommodations & food was of high quality, but higher cost and more expensive than we anticipated. Xi'an in general we found is a high cost place to visit. Xi'an is a much more commercialized city that we anticipated, but the visit to the Terracotta Warriors location was a fantastic experience for us and the manor of the facilities at the location was very well done indeed. China should be very proud on this 8th Wonder of the World.

Overall we would recommend the trip to Xi'an and China Tours to any of our friends and family.

Only downside to the Xi'an trip was the traffic in the city which is very congested and a bit crazy. Kind regards,

Customer: Ms. Watt

Destinations: Xi'an

Related Tour: 2 Days Xi'an at a Glance, 1 Day Terracotta Warriors Tour

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