Fly Wuhan to Xian
Having existed for more than three millennia and been the capital city of 13 dynasties, Xian, formerly Chang'an, is often considered as being at the heart of Chinese civilisation. An ancient trade hub of huge economic importance, Xian was the eastern terminus of the legendary Silk Road.
Xian remains an important city, packed with sites worth visiting and laid out in a neat arrangement. Among these sites, the world-famous Terracotta Army is the highlight, but numerous other historic locations adorn the city.
Transfer to your accommodation in Xian, visiting the Miniature Warriors en route.
Visit to the Han Jing Tomb and Museum
Visit the Han Jing Tomb, discovered in the early 1990s by road workers. The museum was opened in 2006 and the tomb is still under excavation.
The terracotta figurines uncovered here are much less imposing than the Terracotta Warriors, but they are just as fascinating and far more varied. They include male and female warriors, eunuchs, servants and various farm animals.
Have the chance to walk around the actual burial chambers (protected by glass) and possibly observe the ongoing excavations of the Miniature Warriors.
Visit the Great Mosque & Muslim Quarter
Visit the Great Mosque, one of China’s largest and built in the Chinese style. Although founded in 742 the present layout dates from the 14th century and is made up of four courtyards which contain stone stelae, many trees and ornate arches. The backstreets leading to the Mosque have been home to the city’s Hui community for centuries - Muslims, the Hui form one of China’s 56 minority groups. Take a wander around these streets.
You will be staying at Grand Mercure Hotel, bed and breakfast