Xian City Wall (Chengqiang) Tours

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Xi'an has one of the most extensive and best-preserved defensive walls in the world. This colossal structure was started under the Ming Dynasty in 1370, a few years before the Drum and Bell Towers. The wall comprises 98 ramparts, each with its own sentry house, as well as 18 gateways, of which the most impressive is the South Gate.
 
The Basics
To get an idea of the Xi'an City Wall’s extraordinary thickness, you have to climb up onto the wide terrace that surmounts it to take in the views on either side. It’s possible to walk the entire 8.5-mile (14-kilometer) length on foot or hop on a bicycle to speed up the circuit.
 
Just about every Xi'an tour includes a stop at the wall, along with other Xi'an attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, and Muslim Quarter, depending on the option chosen.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Xi'an City Wall is a must-visit for all active travelers, photographers, and first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces, especially if you plan to circumnavigate the walls on foot or by bike.
  • Buy a single-admission ticket to the wall or save with a combo ticket to the Forest of Stone Steles Museum.
  • Getting to the top of the wall involves climbing stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
The Xi'an City Wall surrounds the rectangular city center. It’s possible to climb the walls from one of eight different gate towers, though many visitors choose the South Gate near the Bell Tower. To get there, take the Xi'an Metro (Line 2) to Yongningmen Station.
 
When to Get There
The wall is open daily throughout the year, but hours vary from gate to gate. The best weather for enjoying the wall is in spring (March to May) or fall (September to October). During the summer, plan to arrive early to take in the views before it gets too hot.
 
Xi'an City Wall by the Numbers
The Xi'an City Wall was built during the Tang Dynasty to defend the ancient capital against foreign invaders. A deep moat surrounds the structure, which at its base measures 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 meters) thick. It stands 40 feet (12 meters) tall, and the 98 ramparts each had its own sentry building, allowing soldiers to protect the entire length of the wall without having to expose themselves.
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Terra Cotta Warriors and Ancient City Wall Bus Tour from Xi'an

Take a full-day coach tour to see the Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses Museum, and the Xi'an City Walls, two of the highlights of Xi’an. In the morning, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mausoleum complex where hundreds of Terracotta Warriors are displayed. In the afternoon, have lunch and visit the ancient Xi'an City Walls, which remain remarkably well-preserved.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall and Muslim Quarter

Experience several of Xi’an’s top attractions on an all-day guided tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, see the ancient sculptures of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, cycle the 600-year-old city wall, tour the Xi’an Museum, and taste your way through the city’s Muslim Quarter. With an English-speaking guide leading the way, learn the history of China’s ancient capital and explore its celebrated food culture.
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Xi'an Evening or Morning Food Tour by TukTuk

Set out in the evening with an expert guide and your own tuk-tuk driver to find the best dinner 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. You’ll even sample the only craft beer brewed in Xi’an when you stop at a local brewery.Note: This tour also offers Morning Food and Market Tour by Tuktuk (see tour option for details)
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8-Day Small-Group China Tour: Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai

Discover the history and culture of Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai on an 8-day China tour that takes in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Li River and modern attractions. Highlights include the Terracotta Warriors, Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque in Xi’an; the stunning scenery of a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; and Yu Gardens, the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang in Shanghai. Learn about the history and culture of China from your knowledgeable guide and travel in comfort with the inclusion of accommodation and two flights.
  • Duration: 8 days
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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch

If you’re visiting Xian for the first time, get a comprehensive introduction to the ancient city on a sightseeing tour designed with visitors on a time budget in mind. As well as benefiting from the undivided attention and insider knowledge of your guide, you’ll travel between top Xian attractions—which include Xian City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda—in air-conditioned comfort without worrying about getting lost.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Classic Xian Day Tour including Terracotta Warriors, Cave Dweller and Muslim Food Street

Discover the best of Xi’an on an immersive 7-hour private tour. Avoid the crowds and confusion of public transit and relax in round trip private transportation from your hotel. You also enjoy included admission and a guided visit at the UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors Museums.  After a complimentary lunch, meet a resident of a nearby cave village and explore her home. Your well-rounded adventure concludes with the Old City Wall and Muslim Street.
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Private Day Tour of Xi'an Including the Terracotta Army, YongXingFang Food Court, the City Wall and Muslim Street

Xi’an is a sprawling city with sights to see both inside and outside the city walls – literally. This full-day tour of some of the city’s most popular sights takes away the difficulty of booking tickets and rental cars, not to mention driving to each landmark. Start your day with a cycling tour of the historic Xi’an City Walls and pay a visit to the Terracotta Army on the outskirts of Xi’an.
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Half Day Private City Trip in Xi'an

Put on your walking shoes and get acquainted with some of downtown Xi’an’s most historic landmarks on this half-day tour. Take in stunning views of the city from the top of the Ancient City Walls, then visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the surrounding Square, where old Buddhist relics are on display. There are no big tour groups to slow you down on this private tour; explore each attraction at your own pace, with your guide on hand to answer all your questions.
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One Day Xi'an Highlight Private Tour

Party the night away on your very own private sailing charter as you and your guests cruise merrily through the tranquil waters of Messinia, Greece. Whatever the occasion - engagements, birthday parties, vow renewals, or just a special getaway - this fully-flexible boat cruise offers you the chance to do things your way. Whether for celebration, fun, romance or all of the above, this cruise is for you.
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4-Hour Private Xi'an Night Tour with Musical Fountain Show

Xi'an is at its most atmospheric by night and a private tour means you can explore the city at your own pace. On this 4-hour evening tour, marvel at the illuminated landmarks of South Gate Square, sample tasty street foods (own expense) along Muslim Street, and watch the spectacular musical fountain show at the Great Wild Goose Pagoda.
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8-Hour Private Guide Service in Xi'an

Explore Xi’an, China like a local with this private, full-day sightseeing tour. The professional tour guide will provide a detailed introduction about the history and culture of this ancient city. Visit the highlights of the Terracotta Army, the Fortifications of Xi'an, the various towers of Xi'an, and other famous attractions at any pace desired.
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Private Xi'an Tour to Terracotta Warriors with Artwork Making in Tang Bo Museum

Enjoy a taste of Xi’an’s rich cultural life and history on this private day trip around the city. Start your day with a guided tour around the famous Terracotta Warriors; you won’t have to fight for your questions to get answered with your private guide accompanying you around these expansive archaeological pits. Afterward, visit Tang Bo Art Museum, home to a remarkable collection of Shaanxi paintings and folk art, and try to master the traditional Chinese art of calligraphy in an on-site calligraphy class.
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Full Day Small Group Xi'an Essential Tour

With no time-consuming shopping stop, spend full day on this small group tour with a knowledgeable local guide, visit Xian’s top attraction of Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the most complete Ancient City Wall in China, and the city central landmark of Bell & Drum Tower Square.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Private Customizable Terracotta Warriors Day Tour

See the Terracotta Warriors and your choice of two other Xian highlights on a private custom tour. After a morning visit to see the UNESCO-listed terracotta army, visit two attractions chosen from the six recommended: Shaanxi or Banpo Museum, Xian City Wall, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, or Muslim Street. With no time-consuming shopping stops, this flexible tour includes private transport and downtown Xian hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Terracotta Warriors and City Wall Private Day Tour

See the highlights of Xi’an with a private guide on a full-day tour that takes in the Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses Museum, Ancient City Wall and Muslim Quarter. Follow your guide into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed 2,000-year-old mausoleum complex where the life-sized Terracotta Warriors stand. Afterward, visit the Muslim Quarter and the Ancient City Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty and remarkably intact. With a private guide, you can focus on your interests during the tour. Includes lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Xi'an Private Tour: Great Mosque and Ancient City Wall at South Gate

Explore Xi’an with a private guide on this private, 8-hour tour of the city, including round-trip transport and a traditional-style Chinese lunch. Make your way through Xi’an, and see the Great Mosque, the Ancient City Wall at South Gate, Shaanxi History Museum, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. If you’d like you can also visit the Da Ci’en Temple during your free time.
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Xi'an Classic Day Tour

Soak up the highlights of Xian, one of China’s oldest capitals, in just one day on this door-to-door private tour. Forget the stresses and strains of public transport as you explore the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Bell Tower Square, Drum Tower Square, and the Muslim Quarter with your private guide. Along the way, enjoy a restaurant lunch and bike or stroll along the ancient city wall.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Xi'an Private Tour: Terracotta Warriors, City Wall, and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

Experience three Xi’an must-sees on this private 8.5-hour Terracotta Warriors, City Wall, and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda tour. Visit the UNESCO-listed Terracotta Army Museum to see the thousands of clay warriors carved for China’s first emperor in the 3rd century BC. Then, admire the 7th-century Giant Wild Goose Pagoda before visiting Xi’an’s City Wall, the best-preserved of its kind in China. Lunch, entrance fees, private transport, and services of an art historian guide included.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: 2-Day Xi'an Essence Tour

Explore top attractions in Xi’an on a private two-day tour accompanied by an informative guide. Spend time at the stunning Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum — a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the lesser-known but also impressive Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling). You’ll also see city sights such as the Great Mosque, Bell Tower and Drum Tower, ancient City Wall, and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Includes your own private guide and comfortable transportation by private vehicle, hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees.
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Best Xi'an Private Day Tour

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Xian, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, on a private 8-hour tour of the city’s highlights. Following a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll tick off top Xian attractions such as Xian City Wall (Chengqiang), the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and the Shaanxi History Museum. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Private Tour: Customize Your Day in Xi'an

Xian can be confusing if you don’t speak Chinese. With a private guide for the day, you can create a 100% personalized itinerary and smooth out all the transport logistics. Besides the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, you might choose to visit Xian City Wall, the Shaanxi History Museum, the underground Han Yang Ling Museum, the Muslim Quarter, or so much more.
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Xi'an Night Tour: South Gate Square and Musical Fountain at Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square

It can be hard to know where to get the best views of a city by night. Let your guide do the heavy lifting as you capture the perfect shots on this convenient door-to-door private tour. See the Xian City Wall and South Gate illuminated for the evening; admire the stunning musical fountain show near Big Wild Goose Pagoda; and watch locals enjoying gardens and squares by night.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Xi'an in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air

Discover the ancient attractions of Xi’an, a city considered the birthplace of Chinese civilizations, on a full-day tour from Shanghai by air. Disregard time constraints and travel to the captivating region on a plane; gain fascinating insight into the rich heritage of Xi’an with a knowledgeable guide and visit historical highlights guaranteed to impress. See the 2,000-year old Army of Terracotta Warriors in their regal mausoleum and stroll beside the impressive city walls of Xi’an, built during the Ming Dynasty. Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch and convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel on this enriching and time-efficient tour.   
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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