Great Mountain and Xi'an Highlights
4-Day Mt Hua, Terracotta Warriors, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Tour
- Test your courage at narrow plank of Mt Hua, Taoism's sacred mountain
- Admire the world wonder of the Terracotta Army
- Enjoy a very close experience with a repaired terracotta warrior
- Cycle on the Ancient City Wall to hear history's echo
- Explore Chinese Buddhism and ancient architecture at Big Wild Goose Pagoda
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Amazing Time in Xi'an
On our way to our hotel Jenny arranged dinner to be delivered by the hotel robot (an experience that was a must on the kids list!) before we even checked in, nothing was a problem, everything quickly solved!Jenny's knowledge of Xi'an and its history was also amazing. No question went unanswered, it was such an interesting trip! We'd definitely like to come back and spend a little longer here to see what else there is to do.more
Feb 2024, JenB
Thank you, Shannon. Thank you, Xi,an.
We met our tour guide Shannon in Xi,an and we enjoyed very much our stay. Her good English level and her knowledge of the history of the city made our jorney very memorable. Kind, flexible and patient, she attended all our wishes. We will always be grateful for her work.more
Feb 2024, Man B
Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!more
Feb 2024, Betty A
Memorable and Great Trip!
Our guide, Jenny, was extremely knowledgeable of the area, history and culture. She addressed our questions and provided additional insights and recommendations for our free time. She was an amazing guide that always checked in and took the extra steps to make the trip special. Jenny definitely made our trip to Xi’an memorable and very special!more
Feb 2024, karolX8974SV
China highlights Xi’An.
I had a wonderful trip to China. Susan was my guide. The history and sights picked were wonderful. The Terracotta Warriors were the highlight of me trip. Susan even helped me get some of the authentic replicas shipped home that arrived at my house just two weeks later. The making of dumplings with Susan’s aunt and neighbor was most memorable as well. Susan also sent pictures of the Chinese New Years Lanterns to me after I arrived home. They were in construction when I was there.more
Feb 2024, Megan S
China Highlights is Excellent
Jenny was the tour guide in Xian, showed us the terracota warriors found in 1974 by a farmer behind a mountain masoleum, with projected ongoing excavations for next 100 years. Made clay model terracota warriors.Jenny is very enthusiastic and bubbly, helped us all the way, from picking up us from train station to dropping us off at the airport.more
Jan 2024, Brahma P
Excellent 2-day Xi'an trip
Xi'an was my last stop in Northern China with China highlights. I have had great experiences with all of my guides but Mervyn was exceptional. Really easy to talk to, wonderfully knowledgeable and was really on top of the details. The timings for entry to and moving venues were really smooth.While in Xi'an, I visited the Terracotta army, the Xi'an museum & , the Muslim quarter and the city walls. All great to see if you come to the city.Mervyn chose some great restaurants with delicious local dishes as well as helping me to try really good snacks and street food in the Muslim quarter.Highly recommended!more
Jan 2024, Sherpa325441
Xian the city where all began!
Our guide (Ken) speak very good English and know a lot, he was very patient and he had no problems with plan changing.We really recommend the private tour, it is very convenient and time saving. You can visit all the places using your private driver without having to wait.more
Jan 2024, Maria V
Great Guide Made Xi’an Extra Special
Our tour guide Jenny was excellent and made our time in her city extra special. Not only was she a wealth of knowledge about Xi’an’s ancient history, she also had insights and great recommendations for local restaurants and places to see based on her own experience. We saw Teracotta Soldiers, the Muslim quarter, a shadow puppet show, the Xi’an museum, and had a dumpling banquet!! Highly recommend China highlights who coordinated our trip to multiple cities in China.more
Jan 2024, Rose A
Susan was our guide and she was really helpful and highly prepared. She gave us all the information about places visited and organized everything in evergreen single details.I highly suggest to choose China Highlights and Susan to discover this Amazing city.more
Jan 2024, Alessandra
Xi’an with Juan!
From the beginning at the airport drive to the hotel, Juan explained us in a perfect Spanish the history of Xi’an. His seemly inexhaustible knowledge about culture and history let us truly enjoy places such as the city wall and the terracota warriors, places whose potential we could have only overseen if gone by ourselves.more
Jan 2024, Diego Gorrón
This is the way to see China
We travelled to China in September/October to visit a relative who lives in Shanghai. He was too busy to show us the sights of China so we decided to use China Highlights. I am so pleased we did. Carol arranged a trip for us to X'ian and back to Shanghai. It wasn't cheap, but it was well worth it. We caught the bullet train to X'ian.more
Jan 2024, LDreviews
Susan is great!
Susan is great!She is very knowledgeable about Xi An city and history. We really enjoyed and learned a lot about that city.more
Jan 2024, Tiong-Oen
La ciudad es muy bonita y muy interesante. Nuestra guía Susana fue muy amable y dispuesta a explicar todo lo que vimos y nos ayuda con todas nuestras preguntas.Ella conoce bien los sitios turísticos y nos recomendó muy buena comida. Además ella habla muy buen espa?olmore
Dec 2023, Elizabeth V@elizabethvT7737OK
100% trustworthy and fuss free
While in Xi An, our local guide Mervyn (Yang Ru) was very knowledgeable about the rich history behind the historical sites we visited and she was very professional too. I appreciated their professionalism so much and would highly recommend them to anyone who wants a peace of mind and 99% hands off planning their vacations in China.more
Dec 2023, Ami
Great visit in Xi‘an with Jenny
We covered many different places and sights through which Jenny guided us expertly and efficiently, never wasting time but also never making us feel stressed, always presenting us with a wealth of information and answering all of our questions patiently while we were trying to get a grip on the long history of China.more
Dec 2023, Philippe v
Great tour of Xi’an! Our guide, Mark, was very knowledgeable, very accomodating of all our requests and showed us the main highlights of Xi’an! Trip, transfers and visits all went very smoothly. Loved it and probably will be back to visit again! Thanks Mark! :-)more
Dec 2023, ceccoshani
A Great Introduction to Xi'an
Mervyn was most professional in how she handled the visits to the different attractions in Xi'an. She is knowledgeable about the history and culture of the city and this really helped in the group's appreciation of the place.more
Dec 2023, mobile
Xian Full Day Tour Including Terracotta Warriors
Mervyn is a very good and knowledgeable guide! She came prepared and chock-full of informative & interesting nuggets about the Terracotta Warriors, City Wall and the Drum and Bell Tower.more
Dec 2023, Kee Yun
Expertly Guided Through China's Heart
The itinerary put together was excellent and my guide Mervyn good company, well informed, very committed and flexible. The Warriors visit was great and there are so many other aspects to Xi'an including a great museum, significant Muslim and Buddhist historical sites, cultural shows. great food and markets. Lives up to its description as 'the heart of China'.more
Dec 2023, Patrick
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests and schedule.
You will be met by your tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel by a private car and driver. Your guide will be happy to give you a general introduction to the ancient city.
4-star: Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an (superior class)
5-star: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South (superior room)
Start the day with an archaeological organization to have an in-depth view of Chinese archaeology and get close to a terracotta warrior. This is an exclusive experience and a very good warm-up for your later visit to see the Terracotta Army. Some antique treasures are displayed in the organization's exhibition hall. It is a good choice to go there to avoid the long queue at Shaanxi History Museum.
Then visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi'an and houses precious Buddhist materials brought back from India after an arduous journey in the 7th century.
After one hour's drive from the city center, you will arrive at the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Discovered accidentally in 1974, the repairs and excavations still continue in the three pits, where over 7,000 soldiers, horses, chariots, and archers stand in full battle array. There is also a circular-screen short film that describes its historical background and how it was discovered.
After about 2½ hours' drive from the city, you will arrive at Mt Hua, which is one of the Five Great Mountains in China, and was once called the West Mountain in ancient times. It is known for being one of the most precipitous mountains in China, and a variety of temples and other religious structures nestle on its ridges and peaks.
The mountain has five summits: South Peak, which is 2,160.5 meters above sea level, East Peak, which is the best place for watching a sunrise, West Peak or Lotus Flower Peak, North Peak, and Middle Peak.
We will arrange a round-trip cable car for you to get up and down the mountain, and enjoy the scenery along the way. Walking on the cliffside narrow plank at South Peak is a challenge for thrill seekers.
About the Cable Car on Mount Hua
The cable car on North Peak is 1,550 meters long while the one on West Peak is 4,211 meters in length. We recommend that people suffering from acrophobia do not take the cable car.
The history of Shaanxi is said to be the history of China, and this museum is quite simply one of China's biggest and best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection of 370,000 items unearthed in the province, including clay figurines, bronze wares, jade articles, currencies, murals, and more.
Visit the symbolic structure of Xi'an — Big Wild Goose Pagoda. With seven floors at a height of 64 meters, it stands in the tranquil Da Ci'en Temple and gives a good view of the city from the top. Built over 1,000 years ago, it houses precious Buddhist materials brought back from India by the monk known as Xuanzang.
As this tour of Xi'an comes to an end, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Your tour guide will accompany you from the check-in desk to the security gate before waving goodbye.
Trekking Route Suggestion
If you prefer to have a taste of riskiness on the mountain, take the cable car up to the North Peak, then trekking to Canglongling ridge is a good choice. Then you can choose to take a cable car down the mountain from either North or West Peak.
We recommend that customers take the cable car up to North Peak and trek across the ridge. Then trek to East, Middle, and South peaks before descending the mountain by cable car from West Peak. It takes about four hours in total to trek across all the peaks.