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Xian Private Day Trip to Qianling Mausoleum & Famen Temple

Famen Temple, Xian

Famen Temple, Xian

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Book from: $ 82.00 per person
1 person - per adult:
  • 2 persons - per adult: $188.00
  • 3 persons - per adult: $148.00
  • 4 persons - per adult: $128.00
  • 5 persons - per adult: $110.00
  • 6 persons - per adult: $98.00
  • 7 persons - per adult: $92.00
  • 8 persons - per adult: $88.00
  • 9 persons - per adult: $86.00
  • 10 persons - per adult: $82.00
Child (Age 2-12): 80% of adult price
Infant (Age 0-2): free
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The Qianling Mausoleum is located 85 km northwest from the Tang Dynasty Capital Xi'an. The mausoleum complex house the remains of Emperor Gaozong and his wife, Wu Zetian, who usurped the Tang throne and became China's only reigning female emperor from 690–705. The mausoleum is renowned for its many Tang dynasty stone statues located above ground and the mural paintings adorning the subterranean walls of the tombs. It is the first imperial tomb in Chinese history with stone statues of horses, winged horses, horses with grooms, lions, ostriches, officials, and foreign envoys arranged along the spirit way. Located 120 km west Xian, Famen Temple is famous in the world for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Gautama Buddha (Sakyamuni).Thereafter, it is a Buddhist place of pilgrimage due to the discovery of what is claimed as a true relic of Buddha. This private day trip will take you to visit the Famen Temple, where you can appreciate the Namaste Dagoba and worship the finger bone of Gautama Buddha, then Qianling Mausoleum, the very first royal tomb in China to introduce stone statues on the spirit way. The 61 statues of foreign diplomats represents the "far-reaching power and international standing" of the Tang Dynasty. 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 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 Famen Temple (less than 2 hours)
• Visit Famen Temple (2 hours)
• Drive to Qianling Mausoleum (about 1 hour)
• Visit Qianling Mausoleum (1 hour)
• Visit the Tomb of Princess Yongtai (30 minutes)
• 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 +
$300 $188 $148 $128 $110 $98 $92 $88 $86 $82

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.


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 Famen Temple
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 Famen Temple by a comfortable air-conditioned private vehicle. The ride is about two hours.

Visit Famen Temple
Famen Temple is located 110 kilometers west of Xian with a history of 1700 years. It was originally a pagoda built by Emperor Ling of the Eastern Han Dynasty to enshrine relics of Buddha and was called King Asoka Temple after being built into a temple. Sakyamuni Buddha left many relics after his death and King Asoka of India, after uniting India, divided them into 84,000 parts and presented them to different places to promote Buddhism in the third century BC. All places receiving such relics must build pagodas to enshrine them. There are in total 19 such pagodas in China, among which Famen Temple is the fifth. In the course of rebuilding the pagoda in 1987, an underground vault was found and the many treasures buried in the Tang Dynasty 1,113 years ago were unearthed, including the four finger bones of Sakyamuni Buddha, thousands of ornaments, scepter, mystic color ceramics, colored glaze, silk fabrics contributed by Tang emperors and empresses and vessels of silver and gold of exquisite craftsmanship. All those treasures are the best available during the height of Tang dynasty. The finger bones of Sakyamuni Buddha found here are the only existing finger bone relics of Sakyamuni Buddha in today's world.

Drive to Qianling Mausoleum
It will take about one to drive from Famen Temple to Qianling Mausoleum

Visit Qianling Mausoleum
Qianling Mausoleum is the only royal tomb in China and in fact the whole world to contain the remains of a royal couple, both of whom once ruled as emperor and empress. Interred within Qianling is the third emperor of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), Li Zhi and his wife, China's only woman to rule as empress in her own right, Wu Zetian. More importantly, since Qianling was sealed about 1300 years ago it has remained untouched to this day. Leading into the mausoleum is a spirit way, which is flanked on both sides with stone statues including horses, winged horses, horses with grooms, lions, ostriches, officials, and 61 statues of foreign diplomats representing the actual foreign diplomats who were present at Emperor Gaozong's funeral. Qianling Mausoleum is renowned for its many Tang dynasty stone statues located above ground and the mural paintings adorning the subterranean walls of the tombs. Besides the main tumulus mound and underground tomb of Emperor Gaozong and Wu Zetian, there is a total of 17 smaller attendant tombs. Presently, only five of these attendant tombs have been excavated by archaeologists.

Visit the Tomb of Princess Yongtai
Li Xianhui, known as Princess Yongtai, was the seventh daughter of the Tang Emperor Zhongzong and a granddaughter of Empress Wu Zetian. Empress Wu Zetian heard of remarks that Princess Yongtai supposedly made and had her flogged to death, or alternatively she was made to hang herself. She was originally written to have suffered a traitors death, though this was untrue and merely what the Empress ordered to be recorded. In contrast, the epitaph from her tomb states that she died in childbirth. After Wu Zetian's death in 705, she was recognized posthumously as Princess Yongtai and was then reburied in Xi'an. Princess Yongtai's Tomb was excavated in 1964. It had been robbed in the past, probably soon after the burial, and items in precious materials taken, but the thieves had not bothered with the over 800 pottery tomb figures, and the extensive frescoes were untouched. The robbers had left in a hurry, leaving silver items scattered around, and the corpse of one of their number. The tomb had a flattened pyramid rising 12 metres above ground, and a long sloping entrance tunnel lined with frescoes, leading to an ante-chamber and the tomb chamber itself, 12 metres below ground level with a high domed roof. Most of the contents, including the frescoes, are now in the Shaanxi History Museum.

Transfer Back to Your Hotel
After visiting the Tomb of Princess Yongtai, your private guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Nice guide Review by MURRAY JASPER
Owen was a great guide. Thank you Owen. Very patient with our kids and knowledgeable and informative on all historical matters. We loved this tour and the terracotta warrior museum was fascinating. Well organised and good value for money. (Posted on 6/27/2019)
Wonderful time Review by HUNTER FINN
Wonderful Private Day Trip to Qianling Mausoleum & Famen Temple with Owen, my guide. He was prompt picking me up at the hotel, very knowledgeable of the area and the Qianling Mausoleum and Famen Temple were impressive.Owen told us a lot of chinese culture and historical events about the two places. The site of the two sites was amazing. Well worth the time and money.
(Posted on 6/27/2019)

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