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How to Spend 3 Days in Xian

How to Spend 3 Days in Xian

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. Read on for tips on how to get the most out of three days in Xian. 

Day 1: Ancient Xian

Start your time in Xian with an exploration of the city’s historical wonders. Begin with a morning trip to the star attraction, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Choose between the value of a small-group tour and the flexibility of a private tour. To make the most of your day, consider combining a morning at the Terracotta Warriors with an afternoon tour of Xian’s other historical highlights. Cycle around the ancient city walls (among the best preserved in the world) or learn more about the history of the city and province at the excellent Shaanxi History Museum. After all that sightseeing, it’s time to sit back and relax during a Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, where you’ll be treated to a dumpling feast and colorful song-and-dance gala. 

Day 2: Modern City

You’ve taken a deep dive into Xian’s history, now it’s time to appreciate the modern city and all its multicultural appeal. Start with a visit to one of Xian’s newest attractions, the Xian Museum, then climb to the top of the neighboring Little Wild Goose Pagoda for panoramic views over the surrounding area. In the afternoon, consider learning more about modern Xian culture by taking a calligraphy class, kung fu workshop, or Chinese painting lesson at a local art museum. In the evening, head out on a food tour to experience the fusion of Muslim and Chinese flavors in modern Xian’s cuisine, a city highlight. Tour on foot or by tuk-tuk through the old city or the bustling Muslim Quarter.

Day 3: Outdoor Adventure

Now that you’ve seen the city, spend your last day taking in the surrounding countryside. Get an early start toward Mount Huashan, known for its steep and narrow paths and high mountain peaks. To make the most of your time, take a cable car to the summit, then explore the hiking trails, passing Buddhist and Taoist temples and numerous scenic viewpoints along the way. After a long day on the mountain, head back to Xian for your final night on the town. Enjoy the city’s nightlife on a bar-hopping tour of Xian, or for something a bit more low key, visit a local craft brewery for a refreshing pint and a toast to safe travels.

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Terracotta Warriors & Horses plus Banpo Ruins Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors & Horses plus Banpo Ruins Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Private Half-Day Tour of Xi'an Terracotta Warriors

Private Half-Day Tour of Xi'an Terracotta Warriors

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Discover China's rich history on a half-day door-to-door tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow your private guide through the pits one, two, and three and see more than 7,000 terracotta soldiers. Upgrade the afternoon tour to include a trip to the Tang Dynasty Show and a feast of traditional Shaanxi dumplings or enjoy lunch at a Qin Dynasty themed restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Private Tour:Terracotta Warriors,City Wall,Great Mosque&Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Private Tour:Terracotta Warriors,City Wall,Great Mosque&Big Wild Goose Pagoda

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Combine a visit to Xi’an’s star attraction with a tour of the historic walled town on this private full-day tour, including hotel pick-up. Stand in awe before Emperor Qin’s mighty army of Terracotta Warriors and visit the UNESCO-listed Mausoleum of the first emperor. After a typical Chinese lunch (included), climb Xi’an’s remarkably preserved ancient city walls, and enjoy expansive views over the city. Finally, embark on a walking tour of the lively Muslim Quarter, stopping to admire the ornate Great Mosque and browse the colorful markets.
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  • 8 hours
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$225.65
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Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk

Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk

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Set out with an expert guide and your own tuk-tuk driver to find the best dishes in Xi'an. Explore hidden streets and quaint alleyways within Xian’s city walls where you visit favorite local eateries. Experience Xi’an's cuisine and culture by eating at the same places that local people go, with unlimited food and beverages (including beer) included during your tour. Sample the only craft beer brewed in Xi’an when you stop at a local brewery.
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  • 4 hours
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$66.67
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Xi'an Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Show

Xi'an Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Show

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and culinary delights of Xi’an during a Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Banquet. Pleasure your palate with a sumptuous selection of filled dumplings then sit back and be mesmerized by the colorful costumes, incredible choreography and exuberant music of a Tang Dynasty Show. Marvel at the entertaining extravagance of the performance and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Xi’an hotel on this tour.  
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  • 3 hours
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$99.00
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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, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

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Spend a full day exploring the ancient walled city of Xi'an accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide. Learn all about the 'Silk Road' city, one of the most well-protected cities in China, and see the oldest length of its fortified walls. Visit the Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque as you explore Xi'an, one of the four capitals of the world’s ancient civilizations and an important capital of ancient China. Your tour includes private vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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$129.00
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Xi'an Private Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall Bike Tour

Xi'an Private Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall Bike Tour

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Relive the glory of ancient Xi’an with this full-day tour of the historic city, including a visit to the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour as you take in the views from Xi’an’s ancient city walls, then pedal your way along the entire wall on a 90-minute bike tour. After tucking into a typical Chinese lunch (included) in a local family home, take in another one of Xi’an’s headline acts – the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, where you can view the army of life-sized sculptures and explore the museum and Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
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  • 6 hours
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$169.00
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$169.00
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Xi'an Gourmet Walking Tour at Night

Xi'an Gourmet Walking Tour at Night

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Enjoy the delectable bites and cultural highlights of China on a gourmet walking tour of downtown Xi’an. Appease an appetite for authenticity as you sample ten different types of local delicacy and gain fascinating insight into China’s rich culinary culture with a knowledgeable guide. Visit authentic street vendors and rustic local restaurants in order to immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of the city by night on this enriching epicurean tour of Xi'an.
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  • 3 hours
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$74.99
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Small-Group Hiking Tour of Hua Shan from Xi’an

Small-Group Hiking Tour of Hua Shan from Xi’an

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Scale the peak of one of China’s sacred mountains on this small-group full-day trek to Hua Shan. Ride the cable car to the North Peak, then choose from one of three different hiking trails, stopping along the way to soak up the scenery and tuck into a packed lunch (included). Embark on a moderate hike to the East Peak or West Peak, or challenge yourself to scale the South Peak, the mountain’s highest point.
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  • 10 hours
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$241.73
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$241.73
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2-Day Classic Xi'an Tour Combo Package: Terracotta Warriors and Downtown Sightseeing

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2-Day Classic Xi'an Tour Combo Package: Terracotta Warriors and Downtown Sightseeing

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Discover the must-see attractions in Xi’an during a two-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum — a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the Ancient City Wall, the Bell and Drum Tower Square, the Great Mosque and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Come to understand the ancient history, culture and religions that have shaped Xi’an as you admire its many stunning sights. Includes airport and hotel transfers, two lunches, transport by air-conditioned coach and entrance fees, leaving you free to focus on sightseeing.
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  • 2 days
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$209.00
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