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  • Location: Xian, China
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
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 of ancient China, this city is also one of the four capitals of the world’s ancient civilizations. Visit the Shaanxi History Museum and learn all about the “Silk Road” city, one of the most well-protected cities in China. Tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda with your expert guide, stop at the Great Mosque and enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch.

Highlights

  • Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Xi'an
  • Discover the city's unique way of life with your knowledgeable guide
  • Get a cultural and historical overview of Xi'an at the Shaanxi History Museum
  • Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic symbol of Xi'an, and stop at the Great Mosque
  • Tour Xi'an's ancient city walls, one of the oldest existing walls in China
  • Enjoy a Chinese-style lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

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

Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, City Wall, Bell Towers

This full-day guided tour of Xi’an begins with a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum for a cultural and historical overview of the province, dating back to the great Emperor Qing.

Travel to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist temple built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty, which served as a holding place for religious texts and holy figurines that were brought to China from India. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch before visiting one of the oldest existing Chinese city walls. The walls form a circumference of nearly 9 miles (14km), and each side has a gateway beyond which stand three massive towers. Learn about how the corners of the wall feature a watchtower that was used for defense against intruders.

Continue your sightseeing tour to the Great Mosque. First constructed in the Tang Dynasty, the mosque adheres to traditional Chinese architectural style, and its grounds were expanded in the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties to include extensive pavilions, platforms and halls.

After your full-day guided tour, sit back, relax and enjoy a comfortable drive back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Lucia was hands-down the BEST tour guide I had in all of Asia. Excellent English and very kind! I had this tour to myself and she always allowed me how much/little time I wanted everywhere. Super knowledgeable and very fun! Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Once again Viator is tops. Excellent guide with very good English and knowledge of the places visited. I felt that this tour also was great value for the money. Comfortable transport, excellent restaurant for lunch and no pressure from the guide to hurry. Viator, you tick all the boxes - I was recommended to your site and I am so pleased that I followed through.
Kevin Davis, NZ, June 2014

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great way to see all Xian, was picked up on time at Hotel by tour guide. Tour Guide spoke great English and went out of her way to make sure we say everything. She also took care of tickets and we were able to go to the front of the lines to get into all the historic spots.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

Excellent tour. With foreign tourists down over 80% since 2008, this tour through Viator turned out to be a private tour for my wife and I! Small but nice air conditioned van us + driver + English speaking guide. Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. With just 2 of us in the tour, we could ask a lot of questions to learn more of the city and culture. Lunch was very good with lots to eat.

Stephen W
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

This was a really good tour to take the hassle out of trying to find all of these places on foot or by taxi. It does everything that is missing on the Essential Xi'an Full Day Tour. Make sure you give yourself an extra 3 or 4 hours on one day to cycle around the city wall, though; it's really worth doing!

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

This was a good tour. Unfortunately it rained the day we went. Remember to pack an umbrella if you go. The ancient City wall was beautiful. The museum was packed because they give free tickets away every day so it was difficulty to see things. The muslim market place was a great place to shop at. Overall -- Good tour.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

I spent a great day travelling around Xi'an with my guide, Lucia. I was the only person on this tour, so I had a lot of time to chat and find out about life in Xi'an. You could probably do this tour by yourself, but to save time organizing tickets and buses etc the Viator trip makes it worthwhile.

Michael P
United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2010

Provided a good overview of the city - places to revisit at leisure

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2014

The tour guide was knowledgeable and polite, and the stops were interesting. However, at the time we visited the Shaanxi History Museum was extremely crowded, and at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda we were taken to an "art gallery" where we felt that there was an expectation to buy something (although we were told that proceeds went to the temple). Furthermore, the included lunch was not very good.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2010

I felt that the tour guide could have better descriptions of what I saw, as I wound up listening to some other tour guides who had better explanations.
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