After your flight lands, meet the tour guide at the airport at the arrival hall. Transfer to your hotel by private car and driver.
Drive about one hour to the outskirts of Xi’an and admire the notable Terracotta Warriors and Horses. These incredible underground live-size soldiers, archers, horses and chariots represent the army that triumphed over other Chinese armies, being the decisive factor in forming a united China in ancient times.
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There is an excellent short circular-screen film on show at the museum introducing the site and how the army was discovered.
In the afternoon, visit the symbol structure of Xi’an – Big Wild Goose Pagoda. With 7 floors at a height of 64 meters, it stands in tranquil Da Ci’en Temple and gives a good view of the city at its top. Built over 1000 years ago, it houses precious Buddhist materials brought back from India by Monk Xuanzang.
Note: To reach the top of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, you need to climb up some steep and narrow stairs. If you prefer to skip the climb let us know, we are flexible and can even arrange another attraction.
Qianling Tomb is the joint burial place of Emperor Tang Gaozong and Empress Wuzetian, and remains of the some other members of the royal family. Its highlights include its many stone statues from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and mural paintings decorating the walls of the tomb. About one hour’s drive away is the location of Maoling Mausoleum. It is the biggest mausoleum of all the imperial mausoleums of the Western Han Dynasty. The complex includes several attractions; include Maoling Mausoleum, the Tomb of Huo Qubing and Maoling Ruins Protection Area.
Famen Temple has a history of 1700 years. This Buddhist temple dates far back to 67AD, contains a 13-storied brick pagoda. This pagoda fell down in the rain in August, 1981 and revealed a 1000 year old underground vault full with 2,400 treasures of the Tang and previous dynasties given as offerings. These included gold and silver utensils, glazed wares, porcelains, pearls, precious stones and textiles, as well as religious items. The biggest treasure is a finger bone of Buddha offered to the Emperor of China during the Tang dynasty. After the tour, transfer back to your Xi’an hotel.
The 370,000 pieces of collection housed in four Tang Dynasty style exhibition buildings tell the history of ancient China spanning over one million years. The most notable items are clay figurines, murals, bronze wares, gold and silver articles.
Xi’an city is divided into inner and outer part, enclosed by the ancient city wall. Its construction began in 194 BC, witnessing history through the years. It is massive and tall, stretching about 14 kilometers long. Besides walking, cycling on the wall is a good choice to enjoy some good view.
As your Xi’an tour concludes, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Your tour guide will assist you and accompany till the point of security check to wave goodbye.