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Xian Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2014

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Topping the list of sights in and around Xian are the Terracotta Warriors, the Muslim Quarter and the City Walls. With a little more time, you can discover countless other sights including pagodas, mosques, markets and museums.

Day 1: Ancient Wonders

Dating back to 210 BC, the world-famous Terracotta Warrior Army and Horses is one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century. The Terracotta Army - created to guard the First Emperor’s tomb and to protect him in the afterlife - consists of over 7,000 life-size terracotta figures, chariots and horses

Even older is the Banpo site. The remains of this Neolithic village show a matriarchal society where women played a leading role.

 No visit to Xian’s ancient wonders would be complete without seeing the city’s symbol, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (AD 652) and the old City Walls. Built in 1370 during the Ming dynasty, the walls are part of only a handful of ancient city walls still standing in China.

Day 2: Architectural Wonders

A fascinating blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture, the Great Mosque is one of the largest in China. The mosque is still an active place of worship, so you’ll have to admire it from the courtyard. Next stop, Little Goose Pagoda. First constructed in the Tang Dynasty, the pagoda is a square brick construction with dense eaves and a missing top, which was shaken off by an earthquake! A visit to the 14th century Bell Tower and the Drum Tower will enlighten you as to how the ancient Chinese kept order and marked the beginning and the end of each day. You can visit all these sites, plus the Shaanxi History Museum on a full-day sightseeing tour.

Day 3: Gastronomic Wonders

There is no better way to experience a different culture than to try out the local food. Try a feast of local dumplings, followed by a cultural show.
On this tour you’ll get to sample 20 different varieties that are steamed and stuffed with a delicious assortment of vegetables, meats and seafood. Once you’ve eaten your full you can sit back and watch the Tang Dynasty Show. The performance showcases the music, dance and colorful costumes that have graced the Shaanxi region for centuries.

Tours & Tickets

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Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Xi'an is home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses, one of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. This ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.99

Private Tour of China’s National Treasures: Giant Pandas and Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Discover two of China's national treasures on this full-day tour of Xi'an. First, encounter adorable giant pandas, an endangered species, in beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00

Private Tour of Xi’an City Wall, Great Mosque and Terracotta Warriors

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Make the most of your time in Xi’an and enjoy this full-day experience of Xi’an’s top sites and activities with your own private guide and driver. On this ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.99

Xi'an Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

There is no better way to experience a different culture than to try out the local food, right? Enjoy a night in Xi'an feasting on a Dumpling Banquet, whilst ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.99

Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Spend a full day exploring the unique history, culture, beautiful architecture and religious monuments of the ancient walled city of Xi'an. One of the capitals ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.99

Experience Xi’an: Dumpling Making and Family Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in local Xi’an culture than taking a small-group cooking class! Whether you’re a beginner cook or an expert chef, ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.66

2-Day Luoyang Private Tour from Xi'an by High Speed Train

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Luoyang on this 2-day private tour of significant historic sites. Learn about Buddhist art and history at the ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $319.99

2-Day Pingyao Private Tour: Ancient Town and Shuanglin Temple by High-Speed Train from Xi'an

This private 2-day tour of Pingyao, led by a knowledgeable local guide, introduces you to Pingyao Ancient Town and beyond. See the old city’s main landmarks ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $293.99

2-Day Private Tour in Xi’an: Terracotta Warriors and Hua Shan Hike

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This 2-day private tour in Xi’an will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta Warriors and Emperor Qin’s mausoleum. Enjoy an authentic Chinese ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $327.50

Private Tour: Tomb of Emperor Jingdi with Xi'an Airport Transfer

Make the most of your time in Xi'an with this private tour of the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling Tomb) including round-trip hotel/airport transportation. ...  Read more

Location: Xian, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.99

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