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Xian One Day MPV Mini Group Tour to Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter

Terracotta Warriors, Xian

Terracotta Warriors, Xian

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Book from: $ 82.00 per adult
Per adult:
Child (Age 2-12): 80% of adult price
Infant (Age 0-2): free
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The Terracotta Army which was discovered by local farmers digging a 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. The 1300 year old Tang Dynasty constructed Small Wild Goose Pagoda is a perfect example of the multi-eaved square brick pagodas built in ancient China. Xian Museum boasts nearly 130,000 relics that all relate to the history of Ancient China and Xian specifically. Being the starting point of the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking China with the Middle East and Europe, Xian is deeply influenced by Islamic culture which is best observed in the Muslim Quarter. This MPV mini group tour will take you to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Terracotta Warriors & Small Wild Goose Pagoda and finally experience the diverse culture and taste local food like a local at the Muslim Quarter. With no more than six passengers, this MPV mini group tour makes very few stops for pick-ups and drop-offs, allowing you to maximise your precious time off. 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 Xian MPV mini group day tour.

Why Travelers Have to Choose GoGrandChina MPV Mini Group Tour?
• Maximum group size of 6 passengers, more intimate & personalized service.
• MPV transportation, less time waiting & more time enjoying.
• Hassle-free hotel pick-up & drop-off.
• 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.
• Get to know your travelling companions and create lasting friendships.
• GoGrandChina MPV mini group is like independent travel without the fuss and worry, it is cheaper and more social and gives you great value every step of your trip.

About This Tour
• Departure: Daily departing from Xian.
• Tour Duration: Approximately 10 hours from 07:30 to 18:00.
• Guide Languages: Chinese & English.
• Audio Guide Languages: Chinese, English, Deutsch, French, Spanish, Polski, Dansk, Portuguese, Russian.
• Meeting Place: Your hotel in Xian
• Meeting Time: Between 07:30 and 08:00, specific meeting time will be advised at the evening before your tour.
• Drop-off Place: Your hotel 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.

Hour by Hour Itinerary
• 07:30 - 08:00 Hotel Pick-up
• 08:00 - 09:00 Drive to Terracotta Warriors
• 09:00 - 12:00 Explore Terracotta Warriors & Emperor Qin's Mausoleum
• 12:00 - 12:45 Lunch on your own
• 12:45 - 13:45 Drive to Small Wild Goose Pagoda
• 13:45 - 15:15 Visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Jianfu Temple & Xian Museum
• 15:15 - 15:30 Drive to Muslim Quarter
• 15:30 - 17:00 Visit the Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter
• 17:00 - 18:00 Transfer Back to Your Hotel

Tour Prices (US$ Per Person)

Adult ( age 12+ )     Child ( age 2 - 12 )     Infant ( age < 2 )
$82 USD $66USD Free

Please note that price will be increased by 20% during China National Day Holiday from Oct 1 to Oct 7 and Chinese New Year Festival.

Price Inclusions
• Professional English language speaking guide
• Air-conditioned MPV with experienced driver
• Pick-up & drop-off from hotels
• All admission tickets to sightseeing places
• All government taxes
• Two bottles of mineral water per person
• Multilingual GoGlobalis audio guide if available

Price Exclusions
• 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
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
• Please wear comfortable shoes
• The hour by hour 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.
• IMPORTANT: It is required by the government regulations that travelers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and birthdate 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.

• Full refund if cancellation is within 24 hours of booking. 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.

07:30 - 08:00 Hotel Pick-up
Your 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 between 07:30 and 08:00.

08:00 - 09:00 Drive to Terracotta Warriors
It is about one hour to drive from downtown Xian to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. You can rest assure that there is no factory visit on the way. Your experienced and knowledgeable will give you informative background knowledge of the Terracotta Warriors.  

09:00 - 12:00 Explore Terracotta Warriors & Emperor Qin's Mausoleum
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.

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.

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch on your own
Lunch is not included. You may try some fast food chains outside the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

12:45 - 13:45 Drive to Small Wild Goose Pagoda
It is about one hour's drive from Terracotta Warriors Museum to Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

13:45 - 15:15 Visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Jianfu Temple & Xian Museum
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).

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, you won't be able to visit Xian Museum. After visiting Small Wild Goose Padoda and Jianfu Temple, you will be transferred to visit Xian Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter.

15:15 - 15:30 Drive to Muslim Quarter
It will take about 15 minutes to drive from Small Wild Goose Pagoda to the Muslim Quarter of Xian

15:30 - 17:00 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.

17:00 - 18:00 Transfer Back to Your Hotel
After visiting the Muslim Quarter, this MPV mini group tour comes to the end. Your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

One day in Xian Review by Mia Smith
Of all the tours in China this was the one we were looking forward to the most! And it didn't disappoint! We were picked up from our hotel at 8am, taken to a terracotta warriors where I must say the sell wasn't as pushy as other tours. We then visited Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the pagoda had fifteen stories. Then onto the Muslim Quarter. More than enough time to visit and explore, our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer any questions that we had. When we visit China again Xi'an is a definite must for a second visit.
(Posted on 6/2/2019)
Perfect Day Trip at Xian Review by TAYLOR LOGAN
Perfect tour! Chen was an incredible guide and I couldn't recommend the tour more. Although it made for along day, it was full of fascinating history and culture. We obviously came to see the warriors,Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Jianfu Temple & Xian Museum were beautiful, the muslim quarter was a fantastic spot to this trip. It was the perfect trip. Oh and the planes were amazing! (Posted on 4/9/2018)
Excellent experience at Xian Review by DAVIS HARPER
Excellent day trip and worth every dollar. It is a long day but truly a wonderful packed day. We were lucky to have a guide and he provided us with historical information on the visited Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda Jianfu Temple & Xian Museum and Muslim Quarter. True highlights of the day were the amazing warriors and the Xi'an Private Day Trip. Fabulous tour and highly recommended! (Posted on 2/27/2016)

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