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Xi'an One-day Bus Tour 2

 

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall,
The Bell & Drum Tower square, The Muslim's
Quarters

 

On this tour you will observe the evolution of China through the ages at the Shaanxi History Museum, where contain the greatest treasures of the imperial dynasties. In addition, you’ll get to roam around on the grand Ancient City Wall and city gates. From the spacious walkway that runs along the top you will have a good aerial view of Xi’an! The tour will then move on to yet more historical milestones in the form of the beautifully decorated Bell Tower and Drum Tower, which mark the center of the ancient capital with their garish colors and elegant architecture.

 

 


 

TOUR ITINERARY

Tour code:
XA-BUS2

1. Your driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel between 8:00-8:30am, thus beginning your day’s tour.

2. Our first stop today will be at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a pagoda surrounded by a still functioning Buddhist temple (named Da Ci’en Temple). The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China. The Pagoda was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) for the study of Buddhist scriptures. Although it has been attacked by centuries of weather, war and seismic activity, which destroyed most of the original material of the structure, a pagoda by this name and style still exists on the site. (1 hr)

3. Then you can unwind a bit by taking a leisurely stroll on the Xi’an city wal. It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Xi'an City Wall was erected in the 14th century Ming Dynasty, under the regime of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. When Zhu Yuanzhang captured Huizhou, long before the establishment of the Ming Dynasty, he was admonished by a hermit named Zhu Sheng, who told him to "build high walls, store abundant provisions and take your time in proclaiming yourself emperor." If you like, you have the option of renting a bike or a rickshaw on the wall in order to cover more ground in a shorter time. (1 hr)

4. Next, we’ll indulge in a little shopping, and since Xian has seen so much history and activity, you’re sure to find something interesting at the market we’ll go to. Like in every market in China, bargaining is the norm. If you’re a little shy your guide will be happy to lend you a hand! (30 min)

5. We will then take a break for some lunch. For lunch we will be having some Shaanxi cuisine, the provincial style of this area. Shaanxi Cuisine, also known as Qin Cuisine, is the representative culinary achievement in the northwest China. It makes frequent use of salt, vinegar, capsicum and garlic, making the savory flavor of sour, spicy and fragrant. (30 min)

6. In order to learn about Xian’s epic history, we’ll go to the Shaanxi History Museum, which is perhaps the best museum in China. Since Shaanxi, the province Xi’an is in, is the cradle of Chinese civilization, this museum takes on a special importance. The museum is divided into 3 main exhibition halls. The Basic Exhibition Hall is composed of the No 1 exhibition hall, the No 2 exhibition hall and the No 3 exhibition hall, marked by time order. The No 1 exhibition on the first floor hall displays the articles used during the period from 1.7 million years ago to 206 BC of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC). This exhibition contains rough stone tools used by the ape man, the pottery, bronze sacrificial vessels, weapons and terracotta figures. By visiting the No 2 Exhibition Hall on the second floor, you will gain a general understanding of the historical process from 206 BC in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD) to 589 AD in the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386-589). To the west of the Basic Exhibition Hall lies the Theme Exhibition Hall. The exhibitions in this hall are often theme-oriented to show the history or the culture relics of Shaanxi Province, such as the 'Shaanxi Bronze Ware Exhibition', the 'Shaanxi Pottery Figure Exhibition' and the 'Buddhist Culture Relic Exhibition'. The East Exhibition Hall, equal in size to the Theme Exhibition Hall, is also on the first floor and to the east of the basic hall. It is used for contemporary exhibitions of high quality. Exhibitions of the frescos, the culture relics, the folkways, the fine arts and calligraphy are conducted continuously. (1.5 hr)

7. We’ll head to the center of the city to visit the Bell Tower and Drum Tower. Standing at the crossing of the East, West, South, and North avenues in city proper, the Bell Tower is a symbol of Xi' an. The tower was originally built in 1348, toward the end of the Yuan Dynasty, and was moved to the present site in 1552, during the Ming Dynasty. It was rebuilt and enlarged during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). From the top the Bell Tower, visitors can get a bird's eye view of the surrounding areas and the building's brightly-decorated eaves. The Drum Tower, across Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, to the northwest of the Bell Tower, is a similar structure to the Bell Tower. It was erected in 1380, also during the Ming Dynasty. The Drum Tower got its name from the huge drum hung within it. The bell was struck at dawn and the drum was beaten at sunset to indicate the end of the day. Inside the Drum Tower is a drum museum, where a variety of drums are on display, some of which can be dated back from thousands of years. A kind of drum show is performed here everyday. The top of the tower commands a panoramic view of the city. (30 min)

8. Lastly, we’ll stroll through the Great Mosque, Xian’s biggest mosque. Xian has one of the largest Chinese Muslims populations, so obviously this mosque is extremely important. We’ll cap off your time in Xian with a walk through the Muslim Quarter. Surrounding the Great Mosque is the famous Muslim Quarter in Xi’an. Here you can find many Muslim restaurants and food stands, and shops selling traditional handicrafts. Almost all the local food and snacks are also available at the Muslim Quarter. (40 min)

9. By 5:30pm, you will be dropped off at your hotel, allowing you to have time for dinner and any other evening activities you want to do during your time in Xian. If you’re looking for something to do this evening you can sign up for our night culture tour, or if you’re looking at extending your stay in Xian and/or China than please head to our China City tour and China package tours pages to learn more about how to turn your China vacation into a China adventure!

Tour Inclusions

1. Professional local guide & driver;
2. Private air-conditioned car or van for transportation;
3. Admission of the first gate.

Tour  exclusions

1. Tip of the guide
2. Personal costs

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