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Xian 3-Day & 2-Night Tour  

Two Full Days Tour to Terracotta Warriors, City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Enjoy the Famous Dumpling Banquet and the Tang Dynasty Show

Make your own Terra Cotta Warrior and take it home!


In March 1974, a group of peasants digging a well in drought-parched Shaanxi province in northwest China unearthed fragments of a clay figure—the first evidence of what would turn out to be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times. Near the unexcavated tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi—who had proclaimed himself first emperor of China in 221 B.C.—lay an extraordinary underground treasure: an entire army of life-size terra cotta soldiers and horses, interred for more than 2,000 years. The site, where Qin Shi Huangdi's ancient capital of Xianyang once stood, lies a half-hour drive from Xian. It is a dry, scrubby land planted in persimmon and pomegranate that is marked by dun-colored hills pocked with caves. 

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Highlights:


• Experience the Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an, and quite possibly China’s most amazing archaeological discovery
Make your own Terracotta Warriors and bring it home!
• Witness the splendor and glory of Xi’an’s past, with the Tang Dynasty show, which will also included a dumpling feast
• Take a walk along the ancient city wall, one of the only ancient city walls in China still standing

 

B= Breakfast L= lunch D= dinner

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Tour code:
GWAC-XA-02
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN XI'AN  (L, D)

In the morning you will arrive in Xi’an, and your local English-speaking guide will pick you up either from the Xi’an airport or train station. For your accommodation, you will be staying in a 3 or 4 star hotel, and if you choose the deluxe tour, you will be lodging at a 5 star hotel. After giving you a little time to unpack and freshen up, we’ll set out for Xi’an’s major claim to fame, the Terracotta Warriors.

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum is the result of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum. Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum. They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor.

The museum is divided into three sections: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit respectively. They were tagged in the order of their discoveries. No. 1 Pit is the largest, first opened to the public on China's National Day, 1979. There are columns of soldiers at the front, followed by war chariots at the back. No. 2 Pit, found in 1976, contains over a thousand warriors and 90 chariots of wood. It was unveiled to the public in 1994. Archeologists came upon No. 3 Pit also in 1976. It is the command center of the armed forces. It went on display in 1989, with 68 warriors, a war chariot and four horses.

MAKE YOUR OWN TERRACOTTA WARRIOR! You will have an opportunity to visit the Terracotta Reproduction Factory. At the factory, talented craftsmen make these life size replicas in the same manner as their counterparts did two thousand years ago - with just their hands, a few basic tools, and clay. By watching how a terracotta is made, you can try to make your own miniature reproduction of the famous artifact and take it home!

For dinner, you’ll have a real treat in store for you in the form of a splendid dumpling dinner. Xian, an ancient city that has been the nation's capital during no less than eleven dynasties spanning more than a thousand years is regarded as the home if not the birthplace of the great dumpling tradition. It was here that the art of creating the most tasty and delicate of dumplings was refined and no visit to the city is complete unless you partake of a Dumpling Dinner.

This is an experience for the dumpling connoisseur, the flavors, shapes and colors will tempt the palette, while the elegant names and stories attached to each variety are truly amazing. It is no less amazing that a simple way of preparing food has become so very popular and sophisticated that it is now considered to be as much a work of art as a tasty morsel.

Following dinner, you’ll be treated to an evening of culture and entertainment in the form of the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, a wonderful performance of the ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xian. The city, which was formerly known as Chang'an has a very long history, and was the imperial capital during 13 dynastic periods. Of these, the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) was the most prosperous and glorious of all.

The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is an outstanding exponent of this ancient stable and prosperous society, keeping alive its splendid culture and providing an insight into the peaceful life style of the period. As an art form, the show has its roots in folk fetes, when dances were first performed by people as part of rituals of prayer for a good harvest or a better life. Combining poetry with the skilled playing of musical instruments, singing, dancing and also stunning costumes, the modern presentation is certain to give you an impressive view of ancient China including its splendid history, brilliant arts, distinct traditions and customs.

DAY 2: Xian (B, L)

Following breakfast in the hotel, we’ll get started we’ll get started with the day’s sightseeing by taking a stroll on Xi’an’s ancient city wall. 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.

Then we’ll make the short drive to 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. The Tang regime gave orders to build a chamber for the translation of Buddhist scriptures in an effort to have the then widely renowned Master Xuanzang agree to be the head of the temple. Xuanzang was a Buddhist monk who traveled to India, translated Sanskrit scriptures and developed theories of consciousness, karma and rebirth that were adopted by some later popular schools of Buddhism.

The hallowed pagoda is an architectural marvel. It was built with layers of bricks without any cement. The bracket style used in traditional Chinese architecture was also used in the construction of the pagoda. The seams between each layer of bricks and the " prisms' on each side of the pagoda are clearly visible. The grand body of the pagoda with its solemn appearance, simple style and high structure, is indeed a good example of Chinese traditional architecture.

You are free to spend your night at your own leisure. You might want to start your evening at the historic city center, the Bell Tower, before going on to the Muslim Snack Street, which is among the prime areas of interest in this part of the city.

DAY 3: Depart Xian (B, L)

After breakfast in the hotel your guide will take you to either the Xi’an airport or train station, and you’ll travel on to your next destination. If you would like to extend your stay in Xi’an or your time in China then check with our China City Tours or China Package tours page to find out how!

Tour Inclusions

1. Hotels with daily western breakfasts;
2. Meals in accordance with that listed on the itinerary.
3. professional local guide & driver;
4. Private air-conditioned car or van for transportation;
5. Admission of the first gate;
6.Two bottles of mineral water per day.

Tour  exclusions

1. Tips to the guide;
2. Personal costs.

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