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It was a privelege to have been given the opportunity to do this tour. The driver arrived just before 5.30 am at my hotel to whisk me to Pudong airport. The tour guide, Maggie, met me two and a half hours later in Xi'an. I immediately felt comfortable in her presence. Her command of English was very good. The driver was less approachable though. We made an initial stop at a factory that made Warriors. I was shown the process by a different guide and was given the opportunity to buy a photo. There were other items on sale too. After an interesting tea ceremony of which three could be tasted free of charge, we left for the Terracota Warrior 'Museums'. On arrival, we had lunch which was actually very good and there was plenty of it. Our next stop was the highlight of the day - the three pits of warriors and the bronze museum. All were very interesting in their own ways. The area is extensive and requires significant walking. It was 31 degrees the day I was there. Don't expect to see all the pits full of warriors. Only one has around a third visible to the public. The rest have not even been excavated yet. The bronze museum is excellent with several key pieces in cabinets. I bought souvenirs in the museum shop which were of a high quality. Unfortunately the time allocated here was all too little. We proceeded to a pergola and calligraphy lesson which were amazing. These were not included in the price of the tour. I believe I paid for both myself and the guide too. After scaling the city walls in Xi'an in very high temperatures for a short time at my request, we ate dinner in a local restaurant which was a superb taste. Bizarrely, this again was not included in the price of the tour.
At around 7.30 it was time to head back to the airport. Maggie left us after giving a day of great commentary and good fun. Despite being booked by the agent on the last flight back to Shanghai and with an hour and a quarter delay, the driver in Pudong airport turned out at 1.30 am to see me safely back to my hotel. He went above and beyond the call.
This was an expensive one on one tour and is a one off. The long day was not an issue due to how much was experienced. I wouldn't have missed seeing the Terracota warriors though for anything. It was the highlight of my two weeks in Shanghai. I thoroughly recommend this if you want to see what has been described as the next 'wonder of the world'.
Great tour. The sights, of course, are spectacular. In terms of the tour, the guide was excellent. Very personable and very good English. Arrangements were great. Pickup at my hotel and transfer to the airport. Pickup at Xi'an airport. Pickup back in Shanghai and return to my hotel. All were professionally handled. Highly recommend this tour.
Great fantastic tour I had a private tour in shanghai as I was only one booked for that day. Kimi my tour guide was very pleasant, and very knowlegable. I enjoyed the day, which was VERY long ,tremendously. Day began with pickup at hotel at 530 AM , flight to Xian, and return to my shanghai hotel at midnite. The warriors were highlight of day,or maybe even my entire stay in China. Kudos
Xian is a fascinating city. The Terra Cotta warriors are stunning and well worth visiting. The highlight of my trip to China. The city of Xian was very beautiful and still has the 13th Century walls intact and a number of other interesting buildings from the 13th Century. A long day but very worthwhile. Air delays into and out of Shanghai Airport make the day even longer
We had trouble working a visit to the warriors in our itinerary so took advantage of this one day trek. It was a very long day and expensive but we would not have missed the opportunity to see the site. It was breathtaking to say the least. Pictures cannot convey the magnitude of the pits. The fact that each warrior is different is mind boggling and the exacting detail of each warrior is truly spectacular. We also were very impressed with the tour of the city walls of XI'an.
Our trip to Xian was overwhelming!! The terracotta warriors are absolutely worth to see, even it meant for us to get up at 4 a.m. to be at the airport in time and to come back to the hotel late at night :) The excavations in Xian – they are 3000 years old – are in an incredibly good shape and impressive in many ways. Our friendly and funny guide Chin took a lot of time to explain everything and to made this a day we will not forget. The cherry on the cake was the visit of the old city wall of Xian. We took a bicycle and had a wonderful ride into the sunset on top of the wall. Absolutely recommendable!
A must see and an easy way to do it if you only have a day. The guides made it easy - from the hotel pick up to the flights to the tour itself - and were very knowledgeable. Not even the constant rain that day took away from the experience.
Trip of a lifetime. Great service from driver and previous night's guide. Jennifer was extremely concerned about our arrival at airport and successful navigation of airport. She wrote detailed directions for us and gave us her phone number in case of emergency. Very caring.
Sara our guide was fabulous. This was a long trip but the best one we did. The warriors are just awe inspiring. An amazing piece of history. Good driver, good lunch and highly recommend this tour even though it's quite expensive. Well worth it.
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