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Classic Xian Private Day Trip to Terracotta Warriors, City Wall & Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian

Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian

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Book from: $ 78.00 per person
1 person - per adult:
  • 2 persons - per adult: $158.00
  • 3 persons - per adult: $128.00
  • 4 persons - per adult: $108.00
  • 5 persons - per adult: $98.00
  • 6 persons - per adult: $92.00
  • 7 persons - per adult: $88.00
  • 8 persons - per adult: $86.00
  • 9 persons - per adult: $82.00
  • 10 persons - per adult: $78.00
Child (Age 2-12): 80% of adult price
Infant (Age 0-2): free
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Xian is a jewel in the crown of China's great ancient capitals, possessing a wealth of cultural and historical treasures waiting to be uncovered. In a city so imbued in history, it’s hard to know what to see. The Terracotta Army which was discovered by local farmers digging water well in 1974 is the most important historical discovery of modern China and one of the most significant archaeological excavations and cultural discoveries of the twentieth century in the world. As the symbol of Xian, the City Wall of Xian was built in 1387 and it is the best-preserved ancient city wall still standing in China. It is also the largest and most intact ancient city wall structures in the world. Towering 64 meters (210 feet) over Xian's southern area, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda has been the landmark of Xian for over 1300 years since it was built in 652AD. It was built to house sutras, statues, and relics brought back from India by one of China's most famous monks, translators and travelers, Master Xuanzang. No shopping stops, no factory visits, no hidden costs, traveling with GoGrandChina knowledgeable and professional guide and free use of GoGlobalis multilingual audio guide during sightseeing, you are sure to get the most out of this Classic Xian Private Day Trip.

Why Travelers Have to Choose GoGrandChina Private Tours?
• Choose your most suitable departure time, whether you are an early bird or you prefer sleeping in.
• GoGrandChina private tours are more flexible, allowing you to adjust everything on your trip to your wishes.
• GoGrandChina tour guides will be at your service to make sure you get the most from each destination. They are there for you and are responsible for making your journey special – and your needs always come first.
• GoGrandChina offers comfortable and luxury vehicles with a private & experienced driver who’s always by your side and ready to take you to your next destination.
• No shopping stops & factory visits, no chance of getting ripped off.
• No hidden costs, rest assured that there are no nasty surprises.
• Multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide, travel with mother tongue in ear.

About This Tour
• Departure: Daily departing from Xian.
• Tour Duration: Approximately 8 hours.
• Guide Languages: Chinese & English.
• Audio Guide Languages: Chinese, English, Deutsch, French, Spanish, Polski, Dansk, Portuguese, Russian.
• Pick-up Time: Between 07:00 and 10:00, choose a departure time most suitable for you.
• Pick-up & Drop off Place: Your self-booked accommodation in Xian
• Internet access is needed to use our multilingual audio guide.
Advice on Meals: Lunch is not included in this tour, please have a big breakfast and pack snacks just in case you get a bit peckish during sightseeing. If you want to try authentic local food for lunch, please feel free to inform your guide who is always ready to help.

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up from your self-booked accommodation in Xian
• Drive to Terracotta Warriors (1 hour)
• Visit Terracotta Warriors & Emperor Qin's Mausoleum (2 & half hours)
• Drive to City Wall of Xian (1 hour)
• Visit City Wall of Xian (30 minutes)
• Drive to Big Wild Goose Pagoda (30 minutes)
• Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Daci'en Temple (1 hour)
• Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square (1 hour)
• Transfer back to your hotel in Xian

Tour Prices (US$ Per Person)

1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7 people 8 people 9 people 10 +
$248 $158 $128 $108 $98 $92 $88 $86 $82 $78

Price Inclusions
• Professional English language speaking private tour guide
• Multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide if available
• Air-conditioned vehicle with private experienced driver
• All admission tickets to sightseeing places
• All government taxes
• Two bottles of mineral water per person

Price Exclusions
• Meals
• Hotel accommodation
• Your personal expenses
• Gratuities to guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). They are customary and would be of great encouragement and reward for quality service.

Additional Info
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
• The itinerary is subject to change due to traffic conditions or bad weather. However, we guarantee that time of visiting at each destination will remain unchanged.
• Our private tour itineraries are flexible. You can make changes if there is not much difference in prices.
IMPORTANT: It is required by the government regulations that travelers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and date of birth to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in being denied access or admittance to sites and attractions during sightseeing. When you book this tour, please complete all required fields at checkout. Please bring your passport with you on the tour.

• You may cancel your tour and receive a full refund up to 24 hours prior to the date of your tour. Cancellation within 24 hours or after the tour begins is non-refundable. Due to timezone differences, the confirmed cancellation date is determined based on the supplier's local time. Please allow 2-5 business days to process and confirm your cancellation request. Once the cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 14 working days.

GoGlobalis Audio Guide APP
• GoGlobalis APP offers multilingual audio guide of attractions in worldwide destinations based on Amap in China and Google Map outside China. Travelers can follow audio guide stops marked on maps while listening to audio guide in their mother tongue. It is currently available in Chinese & Chinese dialects, English, Dansk, Deutsch, Español, Français, Polski, Português and Russian. GoGlobalis audio guide is provided free of charge to GoGrandChina travelers. Please download GoGlobalis APP in advance and make sure you have internet access during sightseeing if you want to use this APP. Please be aware that sites & attractions mentioned in the itinerary may not be available on GoGlobalis Audio Guide APP.


Things to Know Before You Go

GoGrandChina is using Wechat, WhatsApp and Skype for instant communication. Our WeChat ID is gct13910830737, WhatsApp ID is 13910830737 and Skype ID is gcttravel. Please add us so that we can advise you departure time in advance. We do recommend you to use WeChat because WeChat is really great. If you are not using WeChat, WhatsApp or Skype, you will receive phone call from your tour guide at around 19:00 to 20:00 the night before your trip to confirm your next day departure time. If you are not available to receive phone calls, your guide will leave a message for you at your hotel front desk. In case you haven't received the pick-up message before 20:00, please contact our 24/7 emergency line shown in our confirmation letter.

Hotel Pick-up & Transfer to Terracotta Warriors
Your private guide will be holding GoGrandChina pick-up sign and waiting for you in your hotel lobby (or other appointed meeting place) at the appointed time. You will be transferred to Terracotta Warriors by a comfortable air-conditioned private vehicle.

Explore Terracotta Warriors
Also named Terracotta Army, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses are a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shihuang, the first Emperor of China. They were buried to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The Terracotta Army were discovered in 1974 by local farmers drilling wells for irrigation. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. There are an estimated of 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses buried in three pits. Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians. The Terracotta Army is one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century in the world. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Visit Emperor Qin's Mausoleum
The mausoleum of the first emperor of China, Qin Shihuang endures as a mystery to archaeologists and historians as it remains largely sealed up and unexplored. the construction of the emperor’s mausoleum began long before Qin Shihuang became the first Chinese emperor. When Qin Shihuang was 13 years old, he ascended the throne of Qin, and immediately began building his eternal resting place. It was only in 221 BC, however, when Qin Shihuang successfully unified China that full-scale construction would begin, as he then commanded manpower totaling 700,000 from across the country. The mausoleum took over 38 years to complete, and was only finished several years after his death. An account of the construction of Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum and its description can be found in the Records of the Grand Historian. According to this source, Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum contained ‘palaces and scenic towers for a hundred officials’, as well as numerous rare artifacts and treasures. In addition, the two major rivers of China, the Yangtze and the Yellow River, were simulated in the mausoleum using mercury. The rivers were also set mechanically to flow into the great sea. Whilst the rivers and other features of the land were represented on the floor of the mausoleum, its ceiling was decorated with the heavenly constellations. Thus, Qin Shihuang could continue to rule over his empire even in the afterlife.

Lunch on your own
Lunch is not included. You may try some fast food chains outside the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

Visit the City Wall of Xian
The City Wall of Xian is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved city walls in China. It was built during the Ming Dynasty as a military defense system 600 years ago. It exhibits the complete features of the rampart architecture of feudal society. It has been refurbished many times since it was built in the 14th century, thrice at intervals of about 200 years in the later half of 1500s and 1700s, and in recent years in 1983. The Xian City Wall is rectangular in shape and has a total length of 14 kilometres with almost all stretches having seen some kind of restoration or rebuilding. Along the top of the wall is a walkway, which takes four hours of walking to traverse. As a defense fortification, it was constructed with a moat, drawbridges, watch towers, corner towers, parapet walls and gate towers.

Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Daci'en Temple
As the symbol of Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Constructed during the reign of Tang Dynasty Emperor Gaozong in 652 AD, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built originally for the study of Buddhist scriptures as well as to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang. Big Wild Goose Pagoda currently stands at a height of 64 m (210 ft) tall and from the top it offers a great bird's-eye-view of Xian.

Daci'en Temple
The name of Daci'en Temple is a story of mourning and filial piety, a concept held in high-esteem in Chinese culture. Daci'en Temple rests on the site of an ancient pagoda that was built in 589 A.D., during the Sui Dynasty, and was called Wulou Temple or Five Storey Temple. Over the years this temple fell into disrepair, but in 648 A.D., during the Tang Dynasty, the Crown Prince Li Zhi spearheaded the renovation of the temple in honour of his mother, the Empress Wende, who had tragically suffered an early death. Crown Prince Li Zhi wanted to pay tribute to his mother’s kindness and so named the temple Daci'en, which means kindness and grace in Chinese. The temple originally had 13 separate courtyards and 1,879 rooms, all of them unmatched in their grandeur, but tragically the temple once again fell into disrepair after the fall of the Tang Dynasty. It was renovated during the Ming Dynasty and the surviving halls and rooms were all built during that time. On June 22, 2014, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda was added to UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage.

Transfer Back to Your Hotel
After visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, your private guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Classic Xian Private Day Trip Review by Oliver Jones
This was a terrific tour. Our guide Amy was very informed and pleasant. We were picked up on time at our hotel and taken to both venues, with a wonderful lunch in between at a five-star hotel . It was a crushingly hot day with a billion people seemingly to see the warriors, but we still managed to have a great experience thanks to our guide. Would heartily recommend this tour!
(Posted on 6/26/2019)

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