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Xian Historical Private Tour of Terracotta Warriors, Miniature Terracotta Warrior-Making, Ancient Walls, and Qin Culture-Themed Cuisine

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See the world-famous Terracotta Army, sculpt a clay warrior miniature, and experience other historical riches on a 9-hour private Xian tour. Visit the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors Museum to admire the vast, sculpted clay army, and try crafting your own, scaled-down warrior. View Tang-dynasty art and enjoy a calligraphy lesson at the TangBo Art Museum, walk on Xian’s City Walls, and enjoy a Qin-dynasty-inspired lunch. Central hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees included.
  • Private 9-hour Terracotta Army, City Walls, and TangBo Art Museum tour from Xian
  • See the famous terracotta warriors at the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Army Museum
  • View the ancient statues and make your own terracotta warrior miniature
  • Admire Tang-era art at the TangBo Museum and try your hand at Chinese calligraphy
  • Walk on Xian’s City Walls, the best-preserved city walls in China
  • Savor a Qin-dynasty-style lunch at a local specialty restaurant
  • Entrance fees, private transport, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included
Meet your personal guide and separate driver at your downtown Xian hotel and journey by private, air-conditioned vehicle to the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, located on the city’s outskirts.

On route, listen to tales of this sculpted army, discovered accidentally in 1974, and considered one of the world’s greatest-ever archaeological finds.

The collection of over 7,000 clay statues of soldiers, horses, and chariots was created in the 3rd century BC to accompany China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, into the afterlife. The army was buried alongside him and features individually carved figurines, each with unique facial features, heights, and postures. Marvel at the soldiers and other artifacts, and enjoy the opportunity to fashion your own miniature warrior from clay.

Afterward, savor a Qin-dynasty-style lunch at the Da Qin Xiao Yan restaurant, whose chefs create dishes inspired by Qin culture. Then, continue to the TangBo Art Museum, a showcase of art mostly from China’s Tang dynasty, dating from between the 7th and 10th centuries.

View the must-sees here, including an exhibition on the history of Chinese painting, and take a fascinating lesson in Chinese calligraphy, learning the secrets of this ancient, delicate art form.

Next, return to Xian and visit its City Walls, built over 600 years ago during the Ming dynasty. Standing 39 feet (12 meters) high and running 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) around old Xian, these imperious fortifications are the best-preserved in China, and feature wide ramparts, watchtowers, corner towers, gate towers, and parapets. The ramparts reach 46 feet (14 meters) wide in places.

Take a stroll on the walkway, admiring the panoramas over old and modern Xian, and then conclude your tour with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
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The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
Meet your private guide in the lobby of your downtown Xi'an hotel around 0830 and transfer by air-conditioned private car out of the city to Lintong District. Here, you will visit the Terracotta Army Museum accompanied by your private guide who will explain the whole history of the site. The museum is located over a large area nearby to where the first terracotta remains were discovered in 1974 . The museum contains many artifacts from the burial site of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, who died in the late Third Century BCE. The main archaeological site, known as Pit 1, contains over 6,000 terracotta figures of soldiers varying in height depending upon their ranks. You will also see terracotta cavalry horses, chariots and many other small artifacts. Part of your museum visit will include the opportunity to fashion your own terracotta warrior from clay!
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
After your visit to the Terracotta Army, enjoy lunch at "Da Qin Xiao Yan," a restaurant with a special Qin culture theme, before returning to Xi'an city. On arrival back in Xi'an, you will visit the ancient Ming Dynasty City Walls built over 600 years ago. The Xi'an city walls are the best preserved in the whole of China and a fine example of Ming Dynasty fortifications. The wall is rectangular with a total length of 8.7 miles (14 kilometers) with watchtowers, corner towers, gate towers and parapet walls. The wall is 39 feet (12 meters) tall affording a good view of the surrounding city and there is a walkway all the way around up to 46 feet (14 meters) wide in places. For the energetic, a walk completely around the walls would take about 4 hours. After coming down from the Xi'an City Wall, you will be transferred back to your hotel where your tour ends.
Duration: 1 hour 
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