Banpo Village Tours

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Banpo Village, Banpo Bowuguan in Mandarin, is a well preserved archaeological site just east of Xian in the Yellow River Valley, which carbon dating suggests, dates back to over 6,000 years ago. It is thought to be one of the oldest human settlements in China. This Neolithic village once consisted of a ditch, a defensive moat against animals and intruders as well as about 45 circular mud and wood houses with thatched roofs, that can be seen as the predecessors of later Chinese architecture. This prehistoric archaeological site is highly contrasted by the modern apartment and office buildings, busy roads and factories surrounding it and shows a gap spanning millennia. When entering the museum, it feels a bit like time travelling to when Chinese civilization began, with artfully crafted and painted pottery instead of the tacky souvenirs sold outside.

Daily utensils bring the simple lives of the Yangshao culture, the people that inhabited the fertile lands around Xian thousands of years ago, to life. Bone needles for sewing hemp clothes show what simple tools were used for everyday tasks, painted ceramics with markings display the importance of pottery and the early development of the Chinese language and stone axes and fish hooks give insight into different hunting methods. Although hunting and gathering was a big part of daily survival, the inhabitants of Banpo Village also engaged in farming, raising livestock and of course the aforementioned, beautifully decorated pottery. A large room at the center of the settlement hints at the importance of community and probably served as a shared meeting hall. Due to the women being buried with more artifacts, some archaeologists suggest that the society might have been matriarchal. 

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The Banpo Village museum opens daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the winter months and until 6 p.m. from March to the end of November. You can get there by taking the bus numbers 115, 241, 406 and 913 to the Banpo Bowuguan stop. 
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Address: Xian, China
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Admission: Mar-Nov CNY 65; Dec-Feb CNY 45
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Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

Discover on of China’s most enthralling attractions on a full-day tour to the Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses from Xi’an. With an expert historian guide, marvel at the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century; see 7,000 life-sized figures in ordered rows and hear of how the sculptures were meticulously constructed to honor Emperor Qin Shihuang, China’s first ruler. Discover the Neolithic artifacts of the Banpo site; appease you appetite with a delicious Chinese lunch; and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Xi’an hotel.   
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Coach Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors, Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum and Banpo Museum

Take a full-day tour from Xi’an to visit three important cultural and historic sites: the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Emperor Qin's Mausoleum and Banpo Musuem. Start the morning at Banpo Village where you see a collection of artifacts that date back 6,000 years. Then spend time taking in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and Emperor Qin's Mausoleum. Be amazed at the elaborate life-sized statues that are part of the burial complex. Transport by climate-controlled coach, entrance tickets, Chinese lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Neolithic Village from Xi'an

Discover the history and culture of China during a full-day tour to the Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Neolithic Village, two of the Xi’an region’s top attractions. Tour Banpo Neolithic Village in the morning, and take the afternoon to marvel at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a local market, have a Chinese lunch at a restaurant and hear about the sights from your informative guide. Your tour includes lunch, transportation, entrance tickets, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Xi’an.
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2-Day Highlights Xi'an Private Tour Combo Package: Terracotta Warriors and City Sightseeing

See the top sites in historic Xi’an over two days with an expert guide. Visit highlights including Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Bell Tower and Drum Tower upon your arrival on day one. For your second day, start at the Banpo Museum, then continue to the Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before wrapping up at Xi'an Ancient City Wall. Your tour includes lunch both days, airport transfers and hotel pickup and drop-off, while you have the freedom to arrange your own accommodation.
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Terracotta Warriors and Banpo Museum Bus Tour from Xi'an

Experience China’s long history and rich culture on a full-day cocah tour of two of Xi’an’s top attractions. Spend the morning at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, then visit Banpo Neolithic Village in the afternoon. Stop at an delicious Chinese lunch at a local restaurant and learn about the sites you visit from your informative guide. Includes transportation in a climate-controlled coach, entrance tickets, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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