4-Day Mt Hua, Terracotta Warriors Museum, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Tour

Great Mountain and Xi'an Highlights

4-Day Mt Hua, Terracotta Warriors, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Tour

This tour combines Xi'an's famous Terracotta Warriors and other essential attractions with a one-day visit to Mt Hua, one of China's most notable and thrilling mountains.

Highlights

  • 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
Day 1Xi'an Arrival

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.

Hotel options:
4-star: Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an (superior class)
5-star: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South (superior room)

Day 2See Terracotta Warriors both from a Distance and up Close

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.

Hotel options:
4-star: Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an (superior class)
5-star: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South (superior room)

the Terrocotta Warriors The Terrocotta Warriors
the Big Goose Pagoda The Big Goose Pagoda
Day 3Full Day Mt Hua Adventure Tour

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.

Hotel options:
4-star: Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an (superior class)
5-star: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South (superior room)

Mount Hua Mount Hua
Day 4Shaanxi History Museum, City Wall Tour, and Xi'an Departure

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.

Stroll along the massive city wall that has been guarding the inner city since the 13th century. The walls, ramparts, gates, and watchtowers form one of the oldest and most complete city defenses in China. If the weather is good, cycling will be incorporated into the visit, and you will enjoy some good views of the city.

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.

Hotel options:
4-star: Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an (superior class)
5-star: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South (superior room)

Day 5Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall Tour, and Xi'an Departure

In the morning, 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.

Stroll along the massive city wall that has been guarding the inner city since the 13th century. The walls, ramparts, gates, and watchtowers form one of the oldest and most complete city defenses in China. If the weather is good, cycling will be incorporated into the visit, and you will enjoy some good views of the city.

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.

Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall

Trekking Route Suggestion

Mount Hua trekking route map Mount Hua trekking route map

Two-Hour Trek

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.

One-Day Trek

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.

Two-Day Trek

Day 1: Yuquan Yuan – North Peak – East Peak (stay at East Peak Hotel)

Day 2: East Peak for sunrise – South Peak – West Peak – Middle Peak – Yuquan Yuan

Food and Accommodation on Mt Hua

As with other mountain scenic areas, food and accommodation on Mt Hua are very limited. If you are only on the mountain during the daytime, a basic Chinese lunch is included. If you prefer to have an overnight stay, a hotel with hot water and clean beds can be booked.

During the trip, the average latitude is about 3300km to 3600km from Day 2-Day 6, you will reach the highest places at an elevation of about 4,200 meters, so read the information about mountain sickness below.

Tour Price

FromUSD 569 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
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