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Xian 2-Day Private Tour without Hotel

Terracotta Warriors, Xian

Terracotta Warriors, Xian

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Book from: $ 128.00 per person
1 person - per adult:
  • 2 persons - per adult: $268.00
  • 3 persons - per adult: $218.00
  • 4 persons - per adult: $188.00
  • 5 persons - per adult: $178.00
  • 6 persons - per adult: $168.00
  • 7 persons - per adult: $158.00
  • 8 persons - per adult: $148.00
  • 9 persons - per adult: $138.00
  • 10 persons - per adult: $128.00
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. This two day Xian private tour will enable you to visit Xi’an’s most famous historical monuments. Terracotta soldiers dates as far back as third century BCE and were built to protect the afterlife of Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the unified China. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was constructed in 707 AD to store the Buddhist sutras and objects brought from India. Xian Museum boasts nearly 130,000 relics that all relate to the history of Ancient China and Xian specifically. The Great Mosque of Xi'an is the largest and best preserved of the ancient mosques of China, its buildings are a fascinating fusion of Chinese and Arabian styles. Constructed in 652 AD, Big Wild Goose Pagoda stands at an impressive 64 meters tall and from the top it offers views over Xian. Shaanxi History Museum houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. Xian City Wall is one of the oldest and best-preserved Chinese city walls. Walking atop the Wall you can get the panorama of Xian skyline. Forest of Stone Steles Museum houses 3,000 steles displaying works of calligraphy, painting and historical records. This two day Xian private tour will take you visit all above mentioned must-see sights of Xian. Traveling with GoGrandChina knowledgeable and professional guide and free use of GoGlobalis multilingual audio guide during sightseeing, NO SHOPPING STOPS, NO FACTORY VISITS, NO HIDDEN COSTS, you are sure to get the most out of this two day Xian private tour.

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.

Day One Itinerary
• Pick up from your self-booked accommodation in Xian
• Drive to Terracotta Warriors (1 hours)
• Visit Terracotta Warriors & Emperor Qin's Mausoleum (2 & half hours)
• Drive to Small Wild Goose Pagoda (1 hour)
• Visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum (2 hours)
• Drive to the Muslim Quarter (15 minutes)
• Visit the Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter (2 hours)
• Transfer back to your hotel in Xian

Day Two Itinerary
• Pick up from your self-booked accommodation in Xian
• Drive Big Wild Goose Pagoda
• Visit Daci'en Temple & Big Wild Goose Pagoda (1 & half hours)
• Drive to Shaanxi History Museum
• Visit Shaaxi History Museum (2 hours)
• Drive Xian City Wall (1 hour)
• Visit Forest of Stone Steles Museum (1 & half hours)
• 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 +
$438 $268 $218 $188 $178 $168 $158 $148 $138 $128

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 (US$5 per person per day). They are customary and would be of great encouragement and reward for quality service.

Additional Info
• Xian Museum is closed every Monday, the museum visit will be canceled if you book this tour on Monday.
• 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.


Know Before You Go
• Meals (lunch & dinner) are not included. Please feel free to ask your guide for suggestions and recommendations.
• 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.

Day 1 Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter

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, which was written by the Han dynasty historian, Sima Qian. 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. To protect the mausoleum, the emperor’s craftsmen were instructed to make traps which would fire arrows at anyone who entered the mausoleum. Qin Shihuang’s funeral was conducted by his son, who ordered the death of any concubines of the late emperor who did not have sons. This was done in order to provide company for Qin Shihuang in the afterlife. When the funerary ceremonies were over, the inner passageway was blocked, and the outer gate was lowered, so as to trap all the craftsmen in the mausoleum. This was to ensure that the workings of the mechanical traps and the knowledge of the mausoleum’s treasures would not be divulged. Finally, plants and vegetation were planted on the mausoleum so it resembled a hill.

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

Drive to Small Wild Goose Pagoda
It is about one hour's drive from Terracotta Warriors Museum to Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

Visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda &Jianfu Temple
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was built in the year 707 A.D during the Tang Dynasty. Originally, the pagoda had fifteen stories. Each floor was slightly shorter than the next, giving the pagoda a feeling of diminishing height. Today, it stands 142 feet (43.38 meters) tall. When it was built it was taller; it lost two floors during the 1556 earthquake. It has withstood over seventy earthquakes over the centuries.The original builders encased the base of the pagoda into a spherical pounded earth mound. The mound absorbs the shocks of the quakes and distributes the pressure over the sphere. The mortise and tenon support structures on the interior buildings were designed to absorb shifts in pressure and counterbalance such effects. The structure is so internally stable that when cracks have appeared in the outer skin of bricks due to quakes, the building remains stable until the next quake closes the cracks!

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda stands in the ancient Jianfu Temple which enjoyed high reputation and widespread popularity in the Tang Dynasty when Buddhism flourished. Buddhist ceremonies were frequently held in the Temple. Large numbers of accomplished monks from home and abroad gathered here for study and research purpose. A great number of Buddhist scriptures were also translated here which made the place the third largest Buddhist scripture translation center in China. Therefore, the Temple became a culture center for people from all walks of life, including the royal family members, the nobles, men of letters, refined scholars and the commoners during the Tang Dynasty. Currently Buddhism is no longer practiced here, but you can still see the layout of a Buddhist temple with Mountain Gates, Bell Tower & Drum Tower, The Mahavira Hall (a museum now), The Dharma Hall (another museum now).

Visit Xian Museum
Xian Museum is a three-storied building, with an underground floor unseen from the outside. The architectural design of the museum follows the traditional Chinese concept of the universe - a round heaven and a square earth. The museum collection includes about 130,000 pieces. Most of the collection pieces were found in Xian and the surrounding region. Many of the collection pieces come from excavated tombs dating back to the Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC); Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC); Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) and the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Themed exhibition halls display Buddhist statues made from copper, bronze and stone; jade artifacts; clay figures; seals; calligraphy; paintings and ceremonial items used in rituals. In the underground level there are recreated scenes showing the way of life in Xian through the ages. The main permanent exhibition is entitled “Ancient Capital of Xian.” It focuses on the 1,000 years when Xian served as the capital of 13 dynasties. Other exhibitions include “History of Xian” and “Grand Picture of the Imperial City.” The various dynasties are vividly illustrated using the latest museum techniques including models of the city.

Know Before You Go
Xian Museum is closed every Monday. If you book this tour departing on Monday, the museum trip will be cancelled. After visiting Small Wild Goose Padoda and Jianfu Temple, you will be transferred to visit Xian Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter.

Drive to Muslim Quarter
It will take about 15 minutes to drive from Small Wild Goose Pagoda to the Muslim Quarter of Xian.

Visit The Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter
The Great Mosque of Xian was built in 742 and it is a tranquil and historic mosque that has served Xian's Muslim community for more than a millennium. Being the largest and best preserved of the ancient mosques of China, the buildings of Xian Great Mosque are a fascinating fusion of Chinese and Arabian styles. The Great Mosque is laid out like a traditional Chinese temple, with successive courtyards of pavilions and pagodas occupying a long and narrow site (48 meters by 248 meters). The Islamic function of the mosque becomes clear on closer inspection, with the usual figurative decoration mostly replaced by Arabic and Chinese calligraphy. The Great Mosque is aligned on an east-west axis, facing Mecca, with five courtyards in all, leading to a prayer hall at the western end of the mosque. Xian Great Mosque was added to the UNESCO Islamic Heritage List in 1985.

Xian was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam when Emperor Gaozong of the Tang dynasty officially allowed the practice of Islam in 651 AD and since, has made it home to a large Muslim community. Xian Muslim quarter covers several blocks with an estimated 60,000 Muslims in the region, majority of them are Chinese speaking Hui Muslims. There are about seven mosques in the area to accommodate the Muslim population, among which the Great Mosque built in 742 is most famous and popular among all. At Xian's Muslim Quarter you will find a seemingly endless labyrinth of street food, restaurants and bustling local life. Walking along this twisted, narrow street which is aligned with stores on both sides, you can see that Muslims with white hats sit inside the stores and talk leisurely with each other. Dotted throughout are a number of other attractions including the Gao Grand Courtyard and shadow puppet show.

Transfer Back to Your Hotel
After visiting the Muslim Quarter, this Best of Xian private day trip comes to the end. Your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Day 2 Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, City Wall & Forest of Stone Steles Museum

Hotel Pick-up & Transfer to Big Wild Goose Pagoda
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 Big Wild Goose Pagoda by a comfortable air-conditioned private vehicle.

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.

Visit Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum is one of the first national museums with modern facilities in China. The museum houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. The modern museum was opened to the public in 1991 and its appearance recalls the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty, with a hall in center, storied buildings in corners. Shaanxi was the ancient imperial capital of China, having been the seat of more than 13 feudal dynasties, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties. Shaanxi History Museum is famous for its collection of Zhou Dynasty bronze wares, pottery figurines of Qin and Han Dynasties,Tang Dynasty gold and silver wares and mural paintings in Tang Dynasty tombs.

Visit Xian City Wall
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 Forest of Stone Steles Museum
Steles are stone slabs erected for monumental purposes and the Forest of Stone Steles Museum houses a growing assortment of steles gathered from as early as 1087. Altogether there are 3,000 steles in the museum, which is divided into seven exhibitions halls, and they mainly display works of calligraphy, painting and historical records. Notable steles within the collection include the Kaicheng Stone Classics, a group of Confucian works carved as a reference document for scholars, and the Nestorian Stele, which was erected in 781 AD to document 150 years of early Christianity in China. Another unusual example is an 18th century stele depicting a Yangtze River flood control project.

Transfer Back to Your Hotel
After visiting the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, your private guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Xian 2-Day Private Tour Review by Chloe James
We were met at the hotel by our guide Joy and spent the next 2 days with her touring Xian and its surrounds.Joy was extremely knowledgable and informative and we delighted in her company.She not only took us to the obvious highlights, the warriors, but to other areas of interest and historical significance.We thoroughly enjoyed her guidance, appreciated the efficient service from Joy back at the office and highly recommend them. (Posted on 6/26/2019)

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