Xi'an boasts not only royal mausoleums and historic buildings but also gorgeous landscape with which it was chosen as the capital of 13 ancient dynasties of China. The 6-day tour shows you a complete set of Xi'an - the downtown part & the outskirts & the surrounding counties - where the man-made masterpieces are mixed with natural grandeur. Greatly deepen your understanding of the time-honored city right from here!
Explorating imperial burial culture - Terracotta Warriors, Qianling Mausoleum & Hanyangling Mausoleum
Discovery of Xi'an lifestyle - Tang Dynasty Show & Dumpling Banquet, Muslim Quarter & Great Mosque
Experience of the natural landscape - Mt. Huashan, one of the 5 greatest mountains in China
|Today's Activities||Upon your arrival, you'll be picked up at the airport/train station and escorted to the downtown hotel for checking in. The rest of the day is all your free time. You can take a good rest at the hotel, or have a stroll around and take some glimpses of the ancient city Xi'an.|
|Today's Activities|| Xi'an tours always start with the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Figuring as one of the "Eight Wonders” globally, these life-size Terracotta Warriors are definately stunning. Moreover, Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, the world's largest underground tombs, is right for your exploration. By visiting these two spots, you will know much more about the mysterious funerar culture of the ancient China. |
Following is a reminiscent stroll at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the eldest Buddhist temple in Xi'an built in 652 A.D (Tang Dynasty). You will feast your eyes with the architectural elegance of the Buddhist buildings, sutras and figurines of the Buddha which were brought to China from India by Hierarch Xuangzhang, who was in detail depicted in the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West.
Tonight is sheerly lit up by a special activity – Tang Dynasty Show & Chinese Dumpling Dinner! It's a fabulous feast for your eyes, ears and tongue, so just dip yourself into the night of the Tang Dynasty about 1400 years ago when appreciating the vintage melody and dance and tasting the most authentic Xi'an-fashion dumplings.
|Today's Activities|| Today is a total experience of hiking adventure plus gorgeous landscapes sightseeing at Mt. Huashan! Great Located about 120km east of Xi'an, Mt. Huashan is one of the 5 greatest mountains in China and is best known for its sheer precipices and the 12km-long winding plank path to its peak. Round-trip cable car is arranged for your convenience.
By the way, you may find the climbing path adorned with vigorous red luck locks. Tourists coming to Mt. Huashan will buy a lock and had it engraved with good luck wish for their dears, then lock it to the rail chain and throw the key away. It has been an interesting custom.
The night will be spent at your Xi'an hotel.
|Today's Activities||Today you will go marvel at Famen Temple, an over-1,700-year-old Buddha temple well-known for its storing the real Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha. Be ready to get your eyes wide open!~
Steer your attention to Qianling Mausoleum, the only royal joint tomb in Chinese history entombing the Emperor Tang Gaozong and his empress Wu Zetian (also the only female emperor in Chinese history). One feature of the Qianling Mausoleum is the Blank Tablet of Wu Zetian, which carries her idea that her achievement and errors must be evaluated by later generations and therefore no characters were carved on her stele.
Tomb of Princess Yongtai is the most celebrated one among the 17 subordinate tombs that lie around the vast Qianling Mausoleum. The miserable Princess Yongtai who was killed by her grandmother Empress Wu Zetian at the age of seventeen, has left the visitors her tomb rich in mural paintings and many other burial goods.
|Today's Activities|| After breakfast, you will move on to Shaanxi History Museum. It is one of the 3 top museums in China, housing a marvelous collection of over 300,000 items. You'll have your eyes wide open at the treasury, and read carefully the 5,000-year-old civilization of the Chinese people.
Then you will head for the Great Mosque, which sports more than 1200 years' history as one of the four grand Islamic mosques in China. In so many details the Muslim architecture and Chinese traditional buildings light up each other. Walk a few steps and you reach Muslim Quarter, a big stock of exotic souvenir markets and savory restaurants. Just enjoy shopping and tasting here.
The last highlight of today is the the Ancient City Wall. The ancient fortification is the best preserved of its kind in China. It's about 12 meters high and 15 meters wide in the upper part. You can stroll freely and leisurely on top, and see the city from above. You can also optionally rent a bike to ride along the City Wall.
|Today's Activities|| After breakfast, you will go visit the Hanyangling Mausoleum Museum, the joint tomb of Emperor Jing of Chinese Western Han Dynasty and his queen. The whole museum occupies an area of 20 square kilometers, making it the biggest among its category in China. The pits are covered over with glass which you can walk on, allowing you to look straight down into the pits.
The happy tour in Xi'an will be completed in the late afternoon. You'll be transferred to the airport / train station for your next destination. Wish you an impressive journey of Xi'an!
|Tour Package Includes:|
|Dining: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner||Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary|
|Tour Guide: A local experienced English-speaking guide||Hotels: 5-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.|
-- This package include 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 Chinese dumpling dinner
-- Other 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) Friendship Restaurant at Terracotta Museum, is famous for the noodle-stretching performance. You can also enjoy the delicious local cuisine here, such as steamed cauliflower, pork and small bamboo shoots, bean curd with celery, etc.
(3) One of the best places to sample the dumpling is Defachang Restaurant. Here you can experience Xian's famous "Dumpling Banquet" where you get to feast on many different types of dumplings that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and flavors. For example there are tiny pearl dumplings, dumplings made from black rice and fruit-filled dumplings.
(4) Muslim quarter is a fascinating area where you can taste many authentic Islamic snacks, like beef or mutton Rou Jia Mo (Chinese Hamburger), northwestern style noodles, Yangrou Paomo and many other attractive snacks that will not make you disappointed. The restaurants and eateries here are serving their food in budget prices.
|Chinese Dumpling Dinner||Local Cuisine at Friendship Restaurant|
|Dining Hall of Defachang Restaurant||Snack Street in Muslim Quarter|